December 7, 2022


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Struck by liver cancer, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo dies

A pro-democracy activist mourns the death of Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo

Liu Xiaobo He was moved last month from prison to a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang to be treated.

Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, a prominent dissident since the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests

He died on Thursday from multiple organ failure,

having not been allowed to leave the country for treatment for late-stage liver cancer.

Liu, 61, was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for “inciting subversion of state power”

after he helped write a petition known as “Charter 08” calling for sweeping political reforms. -Justplay18


Already seriously ill, he was moved last month from prison to a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang to be treated.

The hospital treating him confirmed in a separate statement the cause of death.

The Shenyang Bureau of Justice said in a brief statement on its website that Liu had suffered multiple organ failure and efforts to save him had failed. Despite being given multiple forms of treatment his illness had continued to worsen, it added.

Liu Xiaobo was a Chinese literary critic, writer, poet, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who called for political reforms and was involved in campaigns to end Communist single-party rule.
He was incarcerated as a political prisoner in Jinzhou, Liaoning.On 26 June 2017,

he was granted medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and he died in hospital on 13 July 2017.

Liu rose to fame in literary circles with his literary critiques and he eventually became a visiting scholar at several overseas universities.

He returned to China to support the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and was imprisoned for the first time from 1989 to 1991 and again from 1995 to 1996 and he was imprisoned for the third time from 1996 to 1999 for his involvement in the democracy and human rights movement.

He served as the President of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, from 2003 to 2007.
He was also the president of Minzhu Zhongguo (Democratic China) magazine since the mid-1990s.
On 8 December 2008, Liu was detained due to his participation with the Charter 08 manifesto.

He was formally arrested on 23 June 2009 on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power”.
He was tried on the same charges on 23 December 2009,[9] and sentenced to eleven years’ imprisonment and two years’ deprivation of political rights on 25 December 2009.

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