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Liu Xiaobo

2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Liu Xiaobo is a writer, professor, and political dissident. In 2009, Liu was sentenced to 11 years for inciting subversion because of his involvement in writing Charter 08, a petition advocating political reform in China. Liu was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” 


China rebuffs US calls for release of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo

Human rights a matter for China, not US, Beijing affirms

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 December, 2013, 11:17am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 December, 2013, 6:22pm

Beijing on Tuesday rejected a call by US Secretary of State John Kerry to release jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, saying human rights were a matter for its people only.

Kerry on Monday urged Chinese authorities to free Liu, five years after he was detained, and voiced concern at Beijing’s clampdown on other activists including anti-corruption campaigner Xu Zhiyong.

I want to suggest that only the 1.3 billion Chinese people have a say on China’s human rights
China’s foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei

China’s foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Liu and Xu had “violated Chinese laws and they are to be punished by Chinese laws”.

“I want to suggest that only the 1.3 billion Chinese people have a say on China’s human rights,” the spokesman added.

“We hope the US can bear in mind the overall interests of bilateral relations and do more things that are conducive to a bilateral relationship,” he added.

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday urged China to free Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo as the writer and activist marked five years in detention.

On the eve of the latest Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Norway, Kerry also urged China to release Liu’s wife Liu Xia from house arrest and voiced concern over Beijing’s clampdown on other activists including anti-corruption campaigner Xu Zhiyong.

“We strongly urge Chinese authorities to release Liu Xiaobo, to end Liu Xia’s house arrest and to guarantee to Liu Xiaobo and his family members all internationally recognised human rights protections and freedoms,” Kerry said in a statement.

While calling for a “constructive relationship” with the Asian power, Kerry said: “We continue to believe that respect for international human rights is critical to China’s growth, prosperity, and long-term stability.

Liu was detained in 2008 after spearheading Charter 08, a bold petition for greater protection of human rights in the communist country. The following year, he was handed an 11-year sentence for subversion.

China voiced outrage over the Nobel committee’s decision to grant the prestigious prize to Liu, with authorities trying to block out the news and putting his wife under house arrest.

Liu’s supporters have voiced fear that pressure will gradually ease on China to free Liu as time passes and the spotlight fades.

A lawyer for the Nobel laureate said last month that he will appeal the conviction. In a rare statement, Liu Xia in June appealed to President Xi Jinping to choose “justice” over “merciless oppression.”


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As soon as the US releases Bradley Manning and Snowden gets the Nobel Peace prize.
human rights? tell it to the millions of americans of african or hispanic descend who are subject to regular police brutality. tell it to the random shooting all over america, poor, rich, crazy gunmen(gun boys) don't care, it's OK Coral in schools, malls, cinemas, street... anywhere... even under Obamacare, millions of americans still have no healthcare (especially in states which opt out Medicaid expansion)...and finally, those living in gang controlled neighborhoods who subject to sudden death when gang war erupts (real life "let the bullets fly")... human rights? gimme a break!
Sure. China can continue to hide behind other people's mistake and refuse to improve on the excuse that no one is perfect. The truth is neither you or I or the many citizens of China would like to be put into prison without proper protection for our civil rights, and then have your wife under house arrest for indefinite length of time and for no cause. China has a serious human rights problem and the problem does not get reduced just because someone else is not perfect either.
"Dear Alan,
There is plenty of time – and there are abundant venues – to debate relevant questions about Mr Snowden's historical role, his legal fate, the morality of his actions, and the meaning of the information he has chosen to disclose.
But your appearance before the Commons today strikes me as something quite different in purpose and dangerously pernicious: an attempt by the highest UK authorities to shift the issue from government policies and excessive government secrecy in the United States and Great Britain to the conduct of the press – which has been quite admirable and responsible in the case of the Guardian, particularly, and the way it has handled information initially provided by Mr Snowden.
Indeed, generally speaking, the record of journalists, in Britain and the United States in handling genuine national security information since World War II, without causing harm to our democracies or giving up genuine secrets to real enemies, is far more responsible than the over-classification, disingenuousness, and (sometimes) outright lying by a series of governments, prime ministers and presidents when it comes to information that rightly ought to be known and debated in a free society. Especially in recent years.
........................."" Carl Bernstein
How hypocritical for Beijing to send an envoy to S Africa to honor a dissident while Liu Xiaobo is in jail for the same reason Nelson Mandela was.


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