Free activist Liu Xiaobo
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Background | Source: Amnesty International
2010 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo was charged with “inciting subversion of state power” and given an 11-year prison sentence on December 25, 2009 simply for co-authoring a proposal for political and legal reform in China. Chinese citizens are living in a straitjacket as the authorities imprison and ‘forcibly disappear’ those who speak out for political reform, democracy and human rights, critique corrupt officials or believe in the ‘wrong’ religion.’. Urge Chinese authorities to release Liu Xiaobo others imprisoned for dissent.
I write out of concern for Liu Xiaobo, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, who was charged with “inciting subversion of state power” and given an 11-year prison sentence on December 25, 2009 for co-authoring a proposal for political and legal reform in China.
Liu Xiaobo co-authored “Charter 08,” a proposal for political and legal reform in China. The police took Liu Xiaobo from his home in Beijing on December 8, 2008, two days before the planned launch of Charter 08. Numerous signatories of the charter have been questioned and harassed by Chinese authorities since its launch but only Liu Xiaobo has been charged or tried.
I urge you to release Liu Xiaobo and others imprisoned for dissent immediately and unconditionally and ensure that he is not tortured or otherwise ill-treated while he remains in custody. Freedom of expression must be protected by the state in China, in line with Chinese constitutional guarantees and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which China has signed.
I thank you for your attention to these concerns and look forward to your reply.
imprisoned for independent thought
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Karen Lyons Kalmenson