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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.” 

US pokes Beijing with 'Liu Xiaobo Plaza' Washington embassy address

Liu Xiaobo is serving an 11-year sentence. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The House Appropriations Committee has included in its next year State Department budget a proposal to rename the stretch of road in front of the Chinese embassy “Liu Xiaobo Plaza.”

Thursday, 26 June, 2014, 5:35am 2 comments

Liu Xia, wife of China’s jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, hospitalised

Liu Xia, wife of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, has been admitted to a Beijing hospital after police refused to allow her to seek medical help overseas. Photo: AP

Liu Xia, who has been under effective house arrest since her husband won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, suffers from heart problems, possibly severe depression, and other ailments made worse from being under guard.

21 Feb 2014 - 2:42am 7 comments

Secret video of jailed Nobel winner’s wife screens in New York

Video clips of Liu Xia reciting poems at her apartment in Beijing were screened in New York City. Photo: AP

Rare video showing what life is like under house arrest for Liu Xia, the Chinese artist and poet married to jailed Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, was screened for the first time on Tuesday in New York City to an audience of Chinese and American writers and activists who have pushed for her release.

15 Jan 2014 - 7:50pm 1 comment

US calls for release of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo

Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo in 2005. Photo: AFP

Five years after his detention, the US is calling for the release of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo and an end to his wife's undeclared house arrest. Washington remains deeply concerned about the couple's treatment, along with that of other jailed government critics, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

11 Dec 2013 - 4:39am

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

US Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo: AFP

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.

10 Dec 2013 - 6:22pm 5 comments

Wife of China's jailed Nobel winner pleads for eased house arrest

Liu Xia, wife of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. Photo: Reuters

The wife of China’s jailed dissident Nobel peace laureate is pleading for authorities to ease the conditions of her house arrest, fellow activists said on Tuesday, adding her mental state was “very bad”.

5 Dec 2013 - 12:00pm

Wife of China’s jailed Nobel Laureate suspected of suffering from severe depression

Liu Xia, wife of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, weeps in anguish after her brother was jailed in June. Photo: AP

The wife of jailed Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo is unwell under house arrest and possibly suffering from severe depression, but refuses to seek medical help as she is afraid of further punishment, her friends said on Monday.

The accounts from Liu Xia’s friends shed a rare light into her condition since being held at home after Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Prize in 2010.

3 Dec 2013 - 10:44am

Beijing court rejects appeal by Nobel laureate's Liu Xiaobo's brother-in-law

Liu Hui's brother, Liu Tong, addresses the media outside a Beijing detention centre yesterday. Photo: AP

Supporters of Liu Hui say his conviction in June was based on trumped-up fraud charges and aimed at thwarting the increased attention by the rights community on the plight of his sister, Liu Xia , who has remained under effective house arrest since her husband won the Nobel Prize three years ago.

17 Aug 2013 - 3:37am 3 comments

China's rights record getting worse, says US official

Liu Xia, wife of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, cries in a car outside Huairou Detention Center in Beijing where her brother Liu Hui has been jailed. Photo: AP

Human rights conditions in China are worsening, a senior US official said on Friday, accusing Beijing of harassing activists’ family members and repressing ethnic and religious minorities.

“We continue to see a deterioration in the overall human rights situation in China,” said Uzra Zeya, acting assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labour.

3 Aug 2013 - 11:45am 4 comments

Wife of jailed Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo to petition for retrial

Mo Shaoping

The wife of jailed Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo wants her lawyers to challenge authorities for placing her under house arrest and seek a retrial of her husband's case.

Beijing lawyers Mo Shaoping and Shang Baojun said yesterday Liu Xia had authorised them to prepare a legal petition that her husband's case be reopened and heard in court.

22 Jun 2013 - 4:02am 1 comment

Strange workings in China courts suggest selective leniency

Liu Xia

Three recent news stories conjure up a messy picture of the mainland's rule of law. Liu Hui, brother-in-law of jailed Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, received an 11-year jail term on June 9 after being found guilty of defrauding his business partners of 3 million yuan (HK$3.8 million).

18 Jun 2013 - 7:44am 1 comment

Rule of law still a distant reality

Liu Xia, wife of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, weeps in anguish after her brother Liu Hui was jailed. Photo: AP

Business fraud on the mainland is nothing unusual. As long as the accused is given a fair trial and sentenced according to the severity of the offence, it need not be a cause for concern. But what sets the case of Liu Hui apart is that he is the brother-in-law of Nobel Peace Prize winner-cum-dissident Liu Xiaobo. Liu Hui was sentenced to 11 years in prison for pocketing three million yuan in a property transaction.

16 Jun 2013 - 2:25am

Wife of jailed Nobel winner Liu Xiaobo writes open letter to Xi

Liu Xia, wife of Liu Xiaobo, cries in a car outside Huairou Detention Centre where her brother Liu Hui has been jailed in Huairou district, on the outskirts of Beijing, China. Photo: AP

The wife of jailed Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has written an open letter to President Xi Jinping, questioning the legality of her detention and her brother's imprisonment - and urging him to ensure his "Chinese dream" does not translate into a "Chinese nightmare" for ordinary citizens.

15 Jun 2013 - 3:41am 7 comments

US criticises China over sentencing of Liu Xiaobo relative

A relative comforts Liu Xia, wife of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, after hearing the jail sentence of her brother on Sunday. Photo: AP

The United States on Wednesday criticised China for handing an 11-year prison term to the brother-in-law of Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo and called on Beijing to free the writer and his wife.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

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Photos of Edward Snowden, a contractor at the National Security Agency (NSA), and U.S. President Barack Obama are printed on the front pages of local English and Chinese newspapers in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

On US whistle-blower Edward Snowden coming to Hong Kong:

David Lloyd Smith - I think it is really tragic that an American has to move to a place that has a reputation for less freedom. Still, Hong Kong has a reputation for freedom in spite of the People's Republic of China. It has a strong tradition of free speech.

12 Jun 2013 - 1:20am 1 comment

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