October 23, 2008 10:39 AM

Europe vexes China with rights award to dissident

The European Union on Thursday awarded its top annual prize on human rights to brash dissident Hu Jia, defying China's admonition that such an action would seriously damage its relations with Europe. The European Parliament called Hu, a 35-year-old activist on democracy, environment and AIDS issues, "one of the real defenders of human rights" in China.

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