Thursday, April 3, 2008

China jails rights activist outspoken on Tibet

By Chris Buckley

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Buddhist Chinese dissident outspoken on Tibet and other sensitive topics was jailed for three-and-a-half years on Thursday, a conviction likely to become a focus of rights campaigns ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

Hu Jia, 34, was found guilty of "inciting subversion of state power" for criticizing the ruling Communist Party, a verdict that drew quick condemnation from the United States, Britain and the United Nations.

"There is no doubt that this is a decision that is deeply disturbing to us and we are communicating that to the Chinese authorities," U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told a news conference at a NATO summit in Bucharest. Full Article Link

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