China denies prison visits to Nobel winner

2010-12-17 08:56

Beijing – The family of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo says the prison where he is held has suspended visits by his family members.

Liu’s brother Liu Xiaoguang told the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights & Democracy that the Jinzhou prison notified the family of the suspension.

The rights centre announced it on the family’s behalf.

The telephone at the prison rang unanswered today.

Liu’s absence at the prize ceremony on December 10 in Norway was marked by an empty chair. He was sentenced last year to 11 years in prison for subversion over his democracy advocacy.

Another empty chair was for Liu’s wife, Liu Xia. Her father and Liu Xiaoguang told the rights centre she remains under house arrest with no telephone access.

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