Chinese authorities have kept a prominent dissident confined to his home since he announced his intention to celebrate International Human Rights Day at a place near the home of Liu Xia, wife of jailed Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo.

"Police are keeping me under house arrest until Tuesday to stop me from meeting with people like you and from being photographed or filmed on International Human Rights Day," Hu Jia said on Twitter.

Hu tweeted Friday that an enclave near the home of Liu Xia, living under house arrest since her husband was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, would be a "good place to organize a press conference on human rights."

Hu, known as a defender of human rights and the rights of those suffering AIDS and hepatitis B, spent 3 1/2 years in prison for "subversion."

He was previously placed under house arrest in September during a visit to Beijing of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Hu was one of the close to 40 prominent Chinese intellectuals and activists who signed a letter sent to the country's new leader, Xi Jinping, asking for the release of Liu Xiaobo, currently serving an 11-year sentence for subversion.

This Monday not only coincides with Human Rights Day but also marks the second anniversary of Liu Xiaobo's winning the Nobel Peace Prize. EFE