Press Release — China: HRF Urges Unconditional Release of Liu Xiaobo
The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) urges the Chinese government to release 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo unconditionally and ensure he is free to seek medical treatment without government interference. On May 23, Liu wasdiagnosed with advanced liver cancer while in prison. He has since been paroled and sent to a hospital in Shenyang for treatment. Liu was arrested in 2008 for writing and promoting Charter 08, a manifesto calling for democratic reforms in China. He was subsequently convicted of “inciting subversion of state power” and received an 11-year sentence.
“Liu Xiaobo’s conviction was a travesty of justice in the first place. Now the horror continues. He has developed late-stage cancer while wrongfully imprisoned,” said HRF president Thor Halvorssen. “The very least the Chinese government could do is to release Mr. Liu unconditionally and allow him to enjoy the freedom he should have had for the past 8.5 years, so that he can seek the best medical treatment anywhere he and his family see fit,” added Halvorssen.
In China, medical parole is granted for six months and is subject to extensions. However, if an extension is denied, the parolee must return to prison to serve the rest of his sentence. Medical parolees are often supervised by local security bureaus, and family visits are allowed only monthly.
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