Hu Jia medical parole rejected

Hu Jia. Photo by Ng Han Guan/AP

AFP reported earlier today that Chinese authorities have turned down a request for medical parole for Hu Jia. The activist, currently serving a three and a half year sentence for subversion, is suffering from cirrhosis of the liver disease that could lead to cancer, his wife Zeng Jinyan said.

“The head of the medical institute of the Beijing prison told Hu Jia’s mother by phone that Hu Jia’s…cirrhosis does not conform to regulations on medical parole,” Zeng wrote on her blog.

Joshua Rosenzweig has translated Zeng’s appeal for her husband’s release here.

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