Many people may have come to know Beijing lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan over the past year only as a good friend and legal consultant to artist Ai Weiwei. However, for those who follow the mainland's blogosphere, 'Liu Xiaoyuan' is a familiar name.
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.”