THE Huddersfield local group of Amnesty International is celebrating the release in China of their "adopted" prisoner of conscience Wang Youcai.
In 1998 Wang was sentenced to 11 years in prison on charges of "subverting state power".
His health deteriorated during his imprisonment and this caused great concern, especially for his family, but also for friends and supporters all over the world.
The health problems led to his early release on medical parole and now he has been allowed to fly for treatment to the USA where he will probably live.
Huddersfield has been following the recommended Amnesty technique of bombarding the Chinese authorities with hundreds of cards and petitions protesting over the treatment of Wang.
They were not the only Amnesty group to "adopt" his cause. So also did groups in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and in the UK.
It is not the first time that the Huddersfield (UK251) group has got the early release of an "adopted" Chinese prisoner of conscience. Tiananmen Square offender Lu Decheng was freed early in March 1999.
Huddersfield group secretary Sue Mahon, of Slaithwaite, said: "Thanks go to the citizens of Huddersfield who have been generous in their support of our efforts with petitions, card-signings and donations."