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article imageDefying Unfavorable Attention, China's Liu Xiaobo Still in Prison

By Robert G Cope     Dec 10, 2011 in Politics
Melbourne - In December 2010, on International Human Rights Day, Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. One year later, as informed by a press release from PEN International, he and more than thirty other writers remain in prison.
The President of the London-based PEN, John Saul, as reported in a December 10, 2011 press release – sent to the 144 PEN Centers around the world – says, “Liu Xiaobo's words will not disappear whether he is isolated in prison or keeping him in jail...[China is] putting a loud speaker to his words.”
His publications, even the mention of his name, are, however, banned by Chinese authorities, so, unless in an underground publication, few Chinese will see his calls for political reforms. Even – according to the press release – his wife, Liu Xia, a poet and photographer, is denied any contact with the outside world.
Serving his third prison term, the former professor, and human rights activist, may remain incarcerated until 2020. His crime: defaming the government.
He visited Australia in 1993. Urged to take refuge, he nevertheless returned.
Not allowed to attend the December 2010 Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo, his medal was presented to an empty chair.
November 2011: Tibetians are peacefully protesting China in Melbourne s Federation Square
November 2011: Tibetians are peacefully protesting China in Melbourne's Federation Square
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