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A few days ago, about 30 police officers broke into the home of Chinese activist Hu Jia and took him away. His wife, fellow activist Zeng Jinyan, is now under house arrest. At least 10 security personnel guard her home. Mr Hu's arrest comes as China celebrates the start of one of its most important years in recent history.

This summer, all eyes will be on it as it plays host to the Olympic Games.

Foreign campaigners say Beijing has not fulfilled its promise to improve human rights ahead of the Olympics - a charge the Chinese government flatly denies. But the country's human rights record - including Mr Hu's case - will be under scrutiny as much as its sporting endeavours.

From: Fears for rights as Beijing 2008 nears, By Michael Bristow, BBC News, Beijing

More at: BBC News