Jailed Nobel victor, dissident dies in China

Jailed Nobel victor, dissident dies in China

Jailed Nobel victor, dissident dies in China

The 1989 pro-democracy protests centered in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, by Liu's account, were the "major turning point" of his life.

China lodged official protests with the United States, France, Germany and the UN human rights office over their "irresponsible remarks", though some of the global reaction was less forceful.

Smith last month introduced a resolution calling on the Chinese government to grant unconditional release to both Xiaobo and his wife-Liu Xia.

The government condemned the award as political farce, put Liu Xia under house arrest and even suspended a trade deal with Norway to punish the country where the prizes are awarded even though the Norwegian government has no role in the committee's decisions.

"He loved her so much that he felt he owed it to her", said Liao Yiwu, a prominent Chinese writer who now lives in Germany and a longtime friend of the Lius.

"We think the human right to freedom is very important to us".

The hospital held a press conference late Thursday and said that Liu's wife, Liu Xia, and close family members were with Liu when he died at 5:35 p.m. local time. At the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo in 2010, he was represented by an empty chair. The official Xinhua news agency, which had not mentioned his hospitalization, reported his death in English. The Nobel Prize victor was serving an 11-year prison sentence. This manifesto demanded democratic reforms in China by peaceful means.

Liu was known as an advocate of changing China through reasoned, non-violent means.

Liu Xiaobo had held fast to his belief that a single-party dictatorship was not the best path for China, but rather democracy, a separation of powers and the rule of law.

She is said to be suffering from depression following long years of isolation. The United States also said it was willing to take him in. Tillerson's call has been echoed by other officials and activists around the globe - though not by US President Donald Trump - however, China has so far been reluctant to give in to global pressure.

The White House statement does not offer any criticism of China or of Liu's case.

The 61-year-old democracy activist died yesterday from liver cancer while under heavy police guard at a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang - but most Chinese remain clueless about his death or even who he was.

"Since Liu's medical parole was made public, the Chinese side has been focusing on Liu's treatment, but some Western forces are always attempting to steer the issue in a political direction, hyping the treatment as a "human right" issue", it said.

The Swiss foreign ministry has called on the Chinese government to allow Liu's wife, Xia, full burial rights and to guarantee her freedom of movement.

In recent days, supporters and foreign governments urged China to allow him to be treated for cancer overseas, but Chinese authorities insisted he was receiving the best care possible. "By granting him the Nobel Prize, the West has "kidnapped" Liu".

These demands could get the Guangzhou resident in trouble but she said it was a way to honour Mr Liu's memory.

Rights group Amnesty International has started a petition for her release, saying "it's time the Chinese authorities stop cruelly punishing" the artist. "He was and will continue to be an inspiration and an example for all human rights defenders".

Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairwoman of Nobel Peace Prize committee, said her visa to China to attend Liu's funeral had been rejected amid speculation that Beijing was trying to avoid a publicity around Liu's funeral.

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson hit out at China for preventing Liu from seeking cancer treatment overseas.

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