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Liu Xiaobo has died

Friday, 14 July 2017

Liu XiaoboChina has lost an icon for a democratic future, the world a Nobel Peace laureate, and the Tibet movement a dear friend.

Read Liu Xiaobo, We Miss You by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times.

Liu Xiaobo, a democracy and human rights activist, literary critic and scholar, was imprisoned in 2008 for his role in crafting the Charter 08, a manifesto that calls for political reforms and an end to the communist one-party rule in China.

A long-term supporter of the Tibetan people's struggle for freedom and justice, Liu Xiaobo was one of the key intellectuals who signed a 12-point petition to the Chinese authorities in 2008, calling for dialogue between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama, noting the “serious mistakes” in China’s policies in Tibet, and criticising the Chinese government’s response to the 2008 Uprising in Tibet as lacking “a style of governing that conforms to the standards of modern civilisation.”

Here are some of Liu Xiaobo’s works:

Charter 08, the political manifesto that got him thrown in jail

June Fourth Elegies, a book of poetry

I have no enemies, Nobel lecture delivered in absentia

Love poems for wife Liu Xia

A few of the numerous media reports:

Reuters: China dissident Liu's condition critical, breathing failing, hospital says 

ABC: Liu Xiaobo: Imprisoned Chinese dissident's condition critical, hospital says

New York Times: China Won’t Let Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Laureate, Get Cancer Treatment Abroad

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