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.” 

Yu Jie describes brush with death

Dissident Christian writer Yu Jie who has fled to the United States with his family, yesterday accused Beijing police of torturing him to the brink of death over a year ago and vowed he would not return before dramatic political change took place in his country.

Thursday, 19 January, 2012, 12:00am

Writer flees to the US with his family

Dissident Christian writer Yu Jie has fled to the United States with his family, he said yesterday, citing fears for his safety after the authorities had warned him about his criticism of the communist leadership.

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Dissident 'questioned by police for seven hours'

Hu Jia, one of the mainland's most high-profile dissidents, said he was questioned by police for more than seven hours yesterday and warned that he could be detained again if he continues campaigning on behalf of fellow activists.

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Is China's glass half empty or half full?

Thesis: China is a ruthless dictatorship that denies its people their basic rights, jails and tortures its critics, destroys its natural environment, rewrites history, manipulates its currency and global trade rules and bullies neighbouring states. Corruption exists at almost every level of officialdom.

4 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Romantic, patriot, or just a prize fool?

When the Confucius Peace Prize was announced shortly after the dissident Liu Xiaobo won last year's Nobel Peace Prize, many queried the background of the mysterious award.

It even became the subject of ridicule when a young girl received the award on behalf of the honorary chairman of Taiwan's Kuomintang, Lien Chan, who said he knew nothing about the award.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

What's being said on

Police associations are calling for a law to ban swearing against officers:

Rachel Pang - Ridiculous. How about simply outlawing foul language?

Awill Yiu - But the thing is the police themselves very often use such language! Personally do not believe in forced courtesy.

5 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Liu Xiaobo got jail leave to mourn father's death

Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year prison term on subversion charges, was allowed out of jail briefly last month to mourn the death of his father, his brother said yesterday.

5 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Chinese 'peace prize' ditched after one year

The controversial 'Confucius Peace Prize', unveiled hastily last year after jailed mainland dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize amid furious protests from Beijing, has suddenly been cancelled.

The award this year was scrapped for 'violating relevant regulations', the organisers' parent association said in a letter posted on the Ministry of Culture website.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Brave few who fight for rights of many

In Hong Kong, we may have freedom of the press, of speech, thought and assembly, but on the mainland, these rights exist only by the grace of the government. And the government rarely criticises itself.

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

World must press China to free Nobel laureate

Last December, I sat in the front row of the audience assembled at Oslo City Hall, watching Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize being presented to an empty chair. His imprisonment brought global attention - for a moment - to Chinese people's demands for fundamental rights. But, after the speeches and celebration ended, the headlines shifted.

3 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Authors report worsening persecution by Beijing

The recent banning of six mainland writers from visiting Hong Kong and the barring of two exiled authors from returning to their homeland shows Beijing's latest wave of control over dissent has extended to independent-thinking intellectuals and writers, some of them say.

26 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Authorities bar mainland writers from visiting city

Six mainland writers were barred from travelling to Hong Kong to attend a conference organised by the Chinese branch of PEN International, the writers' organisation said yesterday.

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Speaking volumes

The prospect of afternoon tea in London with the dissident writer Ma Jian offers an extra cupful of novelty.

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Hong Kong throng to commemorate June 4

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Nobel Prize winner's family denied visits

Jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo - accused of being a 'black hand' in the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement 22 years ago - has not been allowed to see his family for nearly eight months, raising concerns that he is being denied his basic rights in retaliation for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

2 Jun 2011 - 12:00am