The West is concerned that China has recently jailed prominent human rights activist…

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called it “deeply disturbing”, while UK counterpart David Miliband said it was “a most concerning development”.

Amnesty International called it “a warning” to Chinese activists who raised human rights concerns publicly.

Louise Arbour, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed concern about cases including Hu Jia’s “in which it seems national security issues are being used as grounds to curtail social activism by human rights defenders”.

Paris-based media watchdog Reports Without Borders, meanwhile, said it was “appalled”.

The group urged European Union leaders to freeze human rights dialogue with China and called on leaders to boycott the opening ceremony of the Beijing Games. (BBC International News)

Will any of the countries offer and roll a red carpet for this jailed activist and family to their country?

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