Zeng Jinyan

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Zeng Jinyan

Zeng Jinyan (Chinese: 曾金燕; born October 9, 1983), is a Chinese blogger and human rights activist. The wife of AIDS and environmental activist Hu Jia, Zeng became famous for a blog she had maintained throughout the disappearance of her husband, which was believed to be the working of China's secret police.[1] Zeng was put under house arrest in August 2006 and the blog that details her life under constant surveillance and police harassment has been subsequently blocked in China. Zeng continued to update her blog until July 27, 2008, before her disappearance.

Zeng Jinyan and Hu Jia made a 31-minute documentary, "Prisoners of Freedom City," of their seven-month house arrest from August 2006 to March 2007. The couple was placed under house arrest again, two months later on May 18, 2007 for harming state security.[2] Zeng Jinyan is dubbed "Tiananmen 2.0." and selected as TIME Magazine's 100 People Who Shape Our World in 2007 as a hero and a pioneer.[3]

One day before the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Zeng Jinyan was forcibly disappeared[4] along with her baby daughter. She used to live in Hong Kong.[5] Currently, she is an Oak Human Rights Fellow at Colby College.[6]


  1. ^ "Chinese AIDS activist missing for six weeks returns home," Pravda, March 29, 2006
  2. ^ "Activist Couple Accoused of Endangering State Security", Human Rights Watch, May 21, 2007
  3. ^ "Zeng Jinyan - The TIME 100," TIME Magazine, May 14, 2007
  4. ^ "Chinese rights activist Zeng Jinyan disappears" International Herald Tribune, August 9, 2008
  5. ^ Elisa Nesossi (27 May 2013). "An Interview with Zeng Jinyan 曾金燕". The China Story. Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW), Australian National University. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  6. ^ https://www.colby.edu/oakinstitute/2017/05/10/2017-oak-human-rights-fellow-jinyan-zeng/

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