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Hu Jia
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    (July 25, 1973- )
    Born in Beijing, China
    Environmentalist, Blogger, AIDS activist and Civil Rights dissident in the People's Republic of China
    Director of June Fourth Heritage & Culture Association
    Executive director of the Beijing Aizhixing Institute of Health Education
    Founding member of the non-governmental organization Loving Source
    Detained as part of a government crackdown on dissenters (Dec. 27, 2007)
    Sentenced to 3.5 years in jail after pleading not guilty in his trial (April 3, 2008)
    Released from prison on June 26th, 2011
    He attended anti-Japanese demonstrations in 2005.
    He attacked Gerhard Schroeder for his refusal to meet with the Dalai Lama in 2003.
    He shares a name with a Chinese Olympic Gold medalist diver.
    Ironically, the catalyst in his relation with the Chinese government may have been his opposition to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
    Along with Malala Yousafzai, he was passed over for the 2013 Nobel Peace Price in favor of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which encouraged military intervention in Syria and aid to groups that may have been affiliated with Al-Qaeda and <36289>ISIS<36289>.
    He shaved his head as part of a viral protest against the imprisonment of Liu Xiaobo and his wife (2014).
    He led efforts to protect the Tibetan Antelope and Elk from extinction.
    He frequently headed off campaigns to release political prisoners.
    He resigned as the head of Loving Source, reportedly to prevent the authorities from further harassing the group.
    He helped patients suffering from AIDS and orphans of parents with AIDS, in the Henan province.
    He has been openly critical of the Chinese government's treatment of AIDS patients.
    He was secretly detained by the Chinese government for 41 days in 2006.
    Along with his wife and child, he was placed under house arrest by the Chinese government (March-December, 2007).
    He was made an honorary citizen of Paris, along with the Dalai Lama (April 21, 2008).
    He was announced the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought recipient, despite being imprisoned and unable to receive it (Dec. 2008).
    An internet appeal to release him from prison garnered close to 1,000 signatures (Apr. 2010).
    His mother appealed for a medical parole for him when it was revealed he was suffering with liver cancer.
    The prison administration's doctors examined him before claiming that he didn't have liver cancer (but also admitted that even if he did the government probably wouldn't release him).
    He was released in 2011, but the Ministry of State Security has continued to harass him and his family, detaining him regularly, monitoring him, and raiding his home on several occasions.

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