China dissident Hu Jia barred from leaving home on UN Human Rights Day
BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese police barred prominent dissident Hu Jia from leaving home on Monday after he proposed marking UN Human Rights Day near the home of a jailed Nobel laureate's wife, who is herself under house arrest.
Authorities have detained Liu Xia at home without charge since her husband Liu Xiaobo - the co-author of a human rights petition - won the 2010 peace prize. He was convicted in 2009 of inciting subversion and sentenced to 11 years in jail.
Dec 10 marks the day the Charter 08 petition was signed and the day Liu should have received his Nobel award.
Hu had posted a note on Twitter on Friday suggesting that a park near Liu Xia's home would "be a good place to hold a human rights press conference" to mark the date.