Imprisoned Chinese Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo Dies at the Age of 61

Longhair Leung Kwok-hung speaks in a HK street about Liu Xiaobo
Longhair Leung Kwok-hung speaks in a HK street about Liu Xiaobo

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has died at the age of 61, government official confirms. He has been imprisoned for his pro democracy work.

Liu Xiaobo was a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who called for political reforms and called for end to the communist single-party rule.

Chinese government arrested him several times. He was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China during his fourth prison term.

Mr. Liu participated in Tiananmen Square demonstrations in 1989. He was arrested in 2008 for writing “Charter 08,” a pro democracy manifesto. He urged to improve human rights in China. After a year of detention, he was accused of inciting “subversion of state power” and sentenced to 11 years of imprisonment in 2009.

Mr. Liu Xiaobo was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer in late May 2017. Chinese government official reported in late June that the veteran had been granted medical parole.

 


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