BBC News - Prominent Chinese dissident Hu Jia freed - wife
Prominent Chinese dissident Hu Jia has been released from prison and reunited with his family, his wife says. Mr Hu, 37, served a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence for "inciting subversion". His term had been set to end on Sunday. He was active on a wide range of civil liberty issues, and also campaigned for the environment and support for Aids patients. Mr Hu's release follows that of artist Ai Weiwei on Wednesday.
Mr Ai's detention in April had prompted a global campaign for his release. Four of associates were also reported to have been freed. Hu's release come as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is visiting Europe, where Beijing's human rights issue is expected to be raised among other issues... Mr Hu has won the European Union's top human rights award, the Sakharov prize, and is considered by Amnesty International as a former prisoner of conscience.
Amnesty also stressed in a statement that at least 130 activists "have been detained, forcibly disappeared, harassed and imprisoned within their homes since February".
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