Chinese Nobel rights activist Liu Xiaobo released on medical parole

Jerome Frank
June 27, 2017

The Nobel-winning democracy activist imprisoned by China after leading a call for democratic reforms has been released to a hospital for treatment of late-stage liver cancer.

Liu, 61, is now being treated at a hospital in Liaoning's provincial capital Shenyang, his lawyer told RFA, following a diagnosis of late-stage liver cancer little more than a month ago.

"He has no special plans". She has been in detention for seven years, although she has never been formally charged with a crime. Washington has also called on Beijing to end its house arrest of Liu Xia. Liu was diagnosed on May 23 and prison authorities then gave him a medical parole, though it was not clear exactly when he was transferred to the hospital, Mo said.

A seat for Liu Xiaobo was left empty during the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize a year later, becoming China's only victor of the prestigious prize. "The government needs to do everything possible to ensure that more tragedy doesn't occur by ensuring that he gets adequate medical care, releasing him and ensuring that Liu Xia is finally able to visit him and meet with him without restrictions".

Liu was a leading member of the Independent China PEN Centre, a grouping of Chinese writers. But one person managed to sneak through a message in English, using his initials: "Blessing for Dr. LXB, who is the Nobel Peace Price victor and famous prisoner of conscience, best wishes to him!" "Finally, we want to remind that Liu Xiaobo has a standing invitation to come to Oslo to receive our praise".

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"Her father has died, and her brother is a hostage, with the threat of criminal charges hanging over him", he said.

Liu was a lecturer at Beijing State University and a prominent figure in student free speech protests of Beijing and other Chinese cities in 1989.

Pro-democracy demonstrators hold up photo of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo during a protest to urge for the release of Liu, who was sentenced to imprisonment seven years ago on Christmas day, outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong, China December 25, 2016.

New of Liu's failing health has come as shock to many of his friends, colleagues and supporters, resulting in a flurry of statements calling for his immediate freedom.

Some of these writings served as evidence in his most recent trial, according to rights groups.

At a time when China wants to have a greater worldwide role, it is only fitting that it should show humanity and compassion towards a man who has never committed any violent crime, but has dedicated his life to literature and free expression.

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