Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Awarding Nobel to Liu was blasphemy: Beijing

Chinese Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo in a hospital bed in July 2017 Chinese Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo in a hospital bed in July 2017
Lillian Steele | 15 July, 2017, 00:42

"It's a blasphemy of the peace prize".Liu, China's well-known human rights prisoner, died yesterday at age 61 following a battle with liver cancer.

U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad called Liu a "courageous advocate" and "deeply principled role model who deserved respect and adulation, not the prison sentences to which he was subjected".

The Chinese foreign ministry rejected the allegations, saying foreign countries were "in no position to make improper remarks" over the handling of Liu's case.

Liu was only the second Nobel Peace Prize victor to die while in custody, Freeland noted. Liu died Thursday while on medical parole in northeastern China's Shenyang city, where he was being treated for liver cancer.

Ottawa's reaction to Liu's death came as Canada's Governor General David Johnston is concluding a state visit to China on Friday, accompanied by a large delegation of Canadian politicians and business leaders.

His message was spelled out in Charter 08, a petition that pointed out the failings of China's Communist Party and argued that only democracy could fix the damage caused by its authoritarian rule. Although he never had the chance to attend the Nobel ceremony, he prepared a moving speech - one that was translated by the group Human Rights in China.

Reacting to the appeal of several countries, urging China to allow Xia to leave the nation "as per her wishes", the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the government would act in accordance with the law.

Turkish writer Elif Shafak hailed Lui "a fearless and generous soul who dared to stand for freedom", and United Kingdom poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy praised him for his work, power, courage and love with thanks for "everything you have done in your fight for a better world".

"Naturally we are anxious about Liu Xia right now, because she has been suffering from depression and heart disease in the years since Liu Xiaobo went to prison", Poon told RFA.

Liu's wife, the poet and artist Liu Xia, and his other relatives could not be reached Thursday evening.

Xinhua and CCTV only issued a brief on their English site stating Liu Xiaobo, "convicted of subversion of state power", has died.

"Liu lived in an era when China witnessed the most rapid growth in recent history, but he attempted to confront Chinese mainstream society under Western support".

The overseas-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) network called on the global community to turn the focus of their campaign to Liu Xia. But whereas Xi vaguely defined this dream as working toward a stronger Communist Party-controlled country, she defined it as the kind of democratic China that Liu had strived for.

But Liu Xia has been incommunicado, presumed under surveillance by the state security police, at an unknown location since her husband's death, Liu Xiaobo's former lawyer Shang Baojun told RFA.

Citing a government source, state-run China News Service said Liu Xia was "in fact a free woman who just doesn't want to be disturbed".

In the days after the Chinese writer and dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, on October 8, 2010, his country cut off trade talks with Norway, home of the Nobel committee, and placed his wife under house arrest.

In Paris on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron and his USA counterpart Donald Trump praised Chinese President Xi Jinping at a joint press conference, before later issuing statements paying tribute to Liu.

RSF accuses firstly Hu Jintao, who was president when Liu Xiaobo was arrested and tried, and his successor, the current president, Xi Jinping, a predator of press freedom. "That is why they tried to keep her quiet", he said.

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