Sunday, December 11, 2011

Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo and other Chinese activists must be released

Amnesty International, Dec 9, 2011

Liu Xiaobo was jailed in 2009, while his wife Liu Xia has been under illegal house arrestLiu Xiaobo was jailed in 2009, while his wife Liu Xia has been under illegal house arrest© Private

Chinese citizens are living in a straitjacket as the authorities imprison and ‘forcibly disappear’ those who speak out for political reform

—Catherine Baber, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Deputy Director, Dec 9, 2011

China must release jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo along with others imprisoned for dissent, Amnesty International said today – one year after the Chinese activist won the award.

Liu Xiaobo has remained in prison since he was awarded the prize in absentia on 10 December 2010, while his wife Liu Xia has been under illegal house arrest.

Meanwhile, other government critics, such as veteran democracy activist Liu Xianbin, have also received long jail terms for speaking out on the same spurious charge of “inciting subversion of state power”.

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