I have been sick since the day after Christmas so I am way behind on posting on this blog. Let’s start with the first Urgent Action of the new year. Human rights activist, Hu Jia was detained by police on December 27th with 30 plain clothes police entering Hu’s home on that day. After he was taken away, more than 10 police officers stayed either inside or near the home to monitor Hu’s wife, Zeng Jinyan and their new baby until December 31st. And then on January 2, the police surrounded the home to prevent some visitors from meeting Zeng. The police told Zeng not to contact anyone or it would bring “bad effect” to the baby.

Hu Jia, Zeng Jinyan and their new baby, source: RFA UnpluggedIn addition to taking away documents, the police cut off access to phone line and internet. They also took away communication and digital equipment such as mobile phones, computer, fax machine, video camera, etc. Zeng’s blog hasn’t been updated since December 23rd. For those who can read Simplified Chinese, check out her detailed blog post about giving birth back in November.

As we get further into 2008, more and more eyes will be focusing on China for the Olympics. This incident is likely to be the start of a series of acts to silence activists in China.

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