“Even with the news today that Dr Liu has been released from prison for medical treatment, serious questions remain”, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, co-chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, said in a statement on Monday.
In 2003-2007, Liu was the President of China’s Independent PEN Center, and since the 1990s, he served as the President of Minzhu Zhongguo (“Democratic China”) magazine.
“The Chinese authorities must provide Liu Xiaobo open access to his counsel and to the global community so that his wishes at this hard time can be ascertained and honored”, he said in a statement.
Protesters wear masks of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo during a demonstration outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
The news has shocked and angered Liu’s supporters and human rights advocates, who are questioning if China’s best-known political prisoner received adequate care while incarcerated, or whether the authoritarian government deliberately allowed the 61-year-old to wither in prison.
Liu’s wife Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest and in prolonged isolation at the couple’s Beijing home since his award was announced in October 2010, said chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery have all been ruled out as treatment options, as her husband’s cancer has already spread.
“Chinese authorities carry a heavy responsibility if Liu Xiaobo, because of his imprisonment, has been denied necessary medical treatment”, it said.
Hu, with Liu, was a cosigner of Charter 08, which called for reforming China’s government. Jailed Chinese Nobel peace laureate and dissident Liu has been released on medical parole after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, his lawyer said Monday, June 26, 2017.
As for his own fate, almost eight years before his Nobel award, Liu Xiaobo pointed to Russian physicist and Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov – who received a Nobel Peace Prize in 1975 – as an example of the importance of individual responsibility in the fight for human rights.
The police arrested Mr. Liu, and a year later, he was convicted of “inciting subversion of state power” and sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Mr. Liu, who had been imprisoned in northeast China, was found in late May to have advanced liver cancer and was hospitalized soon after, said one of the lawyers, Shang Baojun, citing Mr. Liu’s relatives.
Liu, a political activist who was jailed for 11 years on subversion charges in China, has been moved to a hospital in Shenyang in Liaoning province to treat his condition.
“In the past, prisoners granted medical parole have been allowed to go overseas for medical treatment”, according to John Kamm, founder and executive director of the us -based non-profit humanitarian organization Dui Hua. “She didn’t choose this life – but she’s been forced to live in purgatory”. “It’s a great pity that we didn’t know about this in the early or intermediate stages”, he said.
“Nazi Germany didn’t let a single Nobel Prize victor die in any Nazi prison”, tweeted Gao Yu, a dissident journalist who was released from prison on medical parole in 2015 after being convicted of leaking state secrets. Sophie Richardson, China director of Human Rights Watch, suggested the Nobel Prize Committee head to Shenyang immediately.
Senior officials at the U.S. State Department in Washington said they were working to gather more information about Liu’s medical and legal status, but called on authorities in Beijing to allow Liu and his wife to seek medical treatment wherever they wish. He was famous for fiery speeches to large groups and helped initiate a hunger strike days before the protest in Tiananmen Square was crushed by the military.
He was represented by an empty chair at the 2010 Nobel awards ceremony in Oslo.
China’s Foreign Ministry cast the case as an internal matter.
Diplomatic ties with Norway were frozen.
The US embassy in Beijing joined a growing chorus of Chinese human rights lawyers and activists demanding Liu’s unconditional release amid concerns about his wellbeing. “Through the severe punishment meted out to him, Liu has become the foremost symbol of this wide-ranging struggle for human rights in China”.