Liu Xiaoboi

2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died in custody in July 2017, was 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”. 


Given that the national security law on the mainland targets those who oppose the Communist Party, the same could be expected for Hong Kong. Nevertheless, it would be best for Hongkongers not to panic, but get on with their lives.


As Hong Kong’s protesters are nominated for the same Peace prize Liu won in 2010, they should be mindful of the ideals for which he died and his family suffered, and also how international attention sealed his fate with Beijing.

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Under new bills introduced in both the Senate and House, the official address of the Chinese embassy in Washington would be changed to 1 Li Wenliang Plaza.


Poet Liao Yiwu’s searing account of what happened in Beijing on June 4, 1989, and its lasting impact, doggedly collected from witnesses, demands attention; he is unsparing in his criticism of decision-makers, and of ordinary Chinese for their passivity.

Zhou, a student leader during the Tiananmen Square crackdown, says he thinks media attention led to the change by LinkedIn, which agreed to abide by Beijing’s requirements on expression.

In her 13 years as German chancellor, Merkel has set a good example for other Western leaders to follow in relations with Beijing, Chinese analysts say.


A generation aroused by Tiananmen incident to fight for democracy locally and in mainland China no longer connects with young people focused on Hong Kong’s fate, and failure of Occupy Central sit-ins has dulled appetite for activism.

More than a year of aggressive behind-the-scenes manoeuvring between Berlin and Beijing paid off with the release of the widow of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.

Nobel Peace Prize winner commemorated on anniversary of his death at candlelight vigil, as bookseller who was abducted in 2015 says he fears tightening of Beijing’s control in the future.

Widow of Nobel Peace Prize laureate was not hopeful that she would be able to leave the country after previous promises by the Chinese authorities fell through, friends say.

With the widow of Liu Xiaobo now in Germany, Beijing must think again on how it handles rights activists amid global tensions and a growing US trade war