|Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia in happier times|
"#LiuXiaobo's poet/artist wife Liu Xia has been missing since her husband died of liver cancer in Chinese police custody on July 13. She's been under house arrest for 7 years since Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. Her only "crime" is that she's Liu's widow. She's been suffering from severe depression and heart disease.
We're very worried she's been detained, and even worse, she could be murdered by the Chinese government. She was last seen in this photo (below) released by the state-owned propaganda media -- she was being forced to watch the sea burial of Liu's ashes. Liu Xiaobo was cremated merely 2 days after he passed away. His plea from his death bed to let him and Liu Xia leave China to be treated in the west was denied by Beijing.
Pls sign and share this Amnesty International petition for Liu Xia. Thanks!"
|Liu Xia forced to watch the sea burial of Liu Xiaobo's ashes|
China: Free Liu Xia
Liu Xia has been kept in isolation since October 2010, and she has suffered from psychological stress, anxiety and depression as a result.Her crime? She refused to stop trying to release her wrongfully imprisoned husband.
Artist, poet, and human rights defender, Liu Xia was placed under illegal house arrest and heavy surveillance and harassed by the Chinese authorities, ever since her late husband Liu Xiaobo was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.
Especially now that her husband has passed, it’s time the Chinese authorities stop cruelly punishing Liu Xia.
Her husband, Liu Xiaobo, helped devise a call for political reform in China, known as Charter 08. All he did was exercise his human rights: but as a result, he was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment in 2009 for "inciting subversion of state power". He was recognized by Amnesty International as a Prisoner of Conscience.
He was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer in May and despite repeated requests from Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia, the Chinese authorities refused to let them travel abroad for treatment.
Although Liu Xiaobo has passed away on 13 July while on medical parole, he leaves behind a powerful legacy to inspire others to continue the struggle for human rights in China. Our greatest tribute to him will be to ensure that Liu Xia is free to do the same.
Sign the petition and urge Chinese authorities to end the illegal house arrest and surveillance of Liu Xia, stop the harassment and allow her to travel freely:"We urge your government to end the illegal house arrest and surveillance of Liu Xia, stop her harassment and allow her to travel freely.
Chinese poet, artist and human rights defender Liu Xia was placed under illegal house arrest and heavy surveillance ever since her late husband, Liu Xiaobo, was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.
Following her husband's death, it’s time the Chinese authorities stop cruelly punishing Liu Xia."