Friday, October 22, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
Wu Yuren's Story - Karen Patterson
There's a powerful document circulating on the internet in China called Charter 08 ... its a human rights manifesto and a landmark in the struggle for democratic reform. One of its authors, and most famous signatory, is Liu Xiaobo ... he won this year's Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent crusade for human rights in China. He was arrested two days before Charter 08 was released and is currently serving an 11-year-sentence for - and quote - "inciting subversion of state power."
A lesser-known signatory of Charter 08 is an artist and human rights activist named Wu Yuren. And, like this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, he's now in prison. His wife, Karen Patterson, is a Canadian, from Calgary. And she believes his activism is why he's been detained by Chinese authorities for almost five months.
Karen Patterson joined us from Beijing to tell us more about her husband and their ordeal.