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Nobel Peace Prize Laureates: “Release Liu Xiaobo!”

26 Oct 2010

A new letter initiated by Desmond M. Tutu calls for the leaders of G-20 to pressure Chinese President Hu Jintao to release 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia. Liu, a scholar and non-violent democracy activist, is China’s most well-known dissident. He was one of the primary drafters of Charter 08, a political manifesto calling for the rule of law, greater respect for human rights, and the end of single-party rule in China.

As a result of his role in drafting Charter 08, Liu was sentenced to 11 years in prison on the grounds of “inciting subversion of state power.” In his heartbreaking “final statement” prior to imprisonment, Liu expressed his hope that he would be “the last victim of China’s endless literary inquisition, and that after this no one else will ever be jailed for their speech.” Tutu’s letter, supported by 14 other Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, shares the same sentiment.

In the letter, dated October 25, 2010, and attached, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates declared: ‘The Chinese government’s release of Dr. Liu would be an extraordinary recognition of the remarkable transformation China has undergone in recent decades.’ Signatories also include Jimmy Carter, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Elie Wiesel, and Shirin Ebadi, among others.

Read the entire letter here.

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