Friday, October 3, 2008
Hu Jia has advocated, through political articles published online, in support of awareness of rural AIDS sufferers, democratic rights, religious freedom and Tibetan self-determination. He directs a U.S.-based organization that commemorates the "June Fourth Movement," the protests in Tiananmen Square that resulted in the government crackdown of 1989. He also directs a health institute in Beijing and founded Loving Source, an AIDS nongovernmental organization.
The only other China-related honoree thus far is the Dalai Lama, who received the prize in 1989. The Nobel Committee's choice of a Chinese activist would amount to a strong nod to critics of Beijing's policies