Liu's wife invites dozens to Oslo

2010-10-26 09:39

kalahari.com

  • Chinese Culture
    Read all you need to know about the Chinese culture in this insightful title. Now R447.00
    buy now
Beijing - The wife of jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has invited dozens of Chinese activists and luminaries to go to the Nobel award ceremony in Oslo on her behalf because mainland authorities are likely to block her from going.

Liu Xia said in an open letter posted online that she believed her husband would want his friends "to attend this historic ceremony and to share the glory".

Currently unreachable because she is under house arrest, Liu Xia said in the letter that the likelihood of her or her jailed husband being allowed to go to Norway for the December 10 event was slim.

Liu Xiaobo, a writer and outspoken government critic, is serving an 11-year jail term for inciting subversion with Charter 08, a bold call for sweeping political reforms that he co-authored.

Numerous international rights groups have called for his release. On Monday, a group of 15 Nobel Peace Prize winners including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and former US President Jimmy Carter issued a letter urging world leaders who will attend the G-20 Summit in South Korea next month to raise Liu's case with Chinese President Hu Jintao during the event.

China's government has reacted angrily to the award, calling it a gross interference in its internal affairs.

Liu Xia's invitation letter lists 143 people, many of them well-known Chinese activists such as Ding Zilin, whose teenage son was killed during the military crackdown against pro-democracy protests around Tiananmen Square in 1989, and Li Rui, the former secretary to revolutionary leader Mao Zedong and an outspoken supporter of democratic reform.

Social progress


Many of the invitees are frequently placed under house arrest during sensitive periods or are under constant surveillance by security officials, making it unlikely that they would be allowed to leave the country. One invited guest, rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, disappeared in April shortly after announcing he was abandoning his role as a government critic. His family says they have no idea what has happened to him.

Also invited are numerous Chinese celebrities, including film director Chen Kaige, actor Jiang Wen, singer and race car driver Han Han and author Wang Shuo. Liu Xia said in the letter that she had invited prominent cultural figures because she hoped they could help promote social change in China.

"China's social progress needs the joint effort of people from all walks of life," she wrote.

The letter is dated October 20 but was not posted online until Monday. Yang Jianli, an exiled Chinese democracy activist and close friend of the couple, confirmed on Tuesday from his home in Brookline, Massachusetts, that the letter was authentic and said Liu Xia asked him to help co-ordinate the event.

Yang said more than a dozen people had already responded via e-mail, saying they hope to attend. When a list is finalized, Yang will give it to the Nobel Committee, which, he said, has agreed to issue invitation letters to help guests obtain travel visas to Norway.

Rare opportunity


"This is a very rare opportunity for so many people to converge to the same place with the same goal," Yang said. "I think I have to make good use of this opportunity to make it a moment of unifying and looking to the future."

Yang said that despite his excitement about bringing people together, the event was tainted by the fact that Liu himself remains in prison.

"We can't forget that our real, real hero, Liu Xiaobo, is still languishing in prison, and his wife is under house arrest," he said.

One of the invitees, Beijing lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, said Monday he had heard about the letter but had not yet seen it for himself.

"If I am able to go, I think it would be a wonderful thing," he said.

- SAPA
Read more on:    liu xiaobo  |  china  |  nobel peace prize
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

New GIF keyboard on iOS for added fun!

Soon sending an LOL! or facepalm will be so much more fun!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Puppy goes crazy over iPad game
Printable solar panels will bring exciting new opportunities!
Now there’s a special lane for texting while walking
LOL! 7 brutally honest texts from parents

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency to fight against the current today but this will just use up a lot of energy and not get you very far. You...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.