Liu's wife slams 'house arrest'

2010-10-13 12:02

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Beijing - The wife of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo slammed the government on Wednesday for keeping her under "illegal house arrest" since her husband won the award last week.

Liu Xia has been largely confined to her home since Friday when the Nobel Committee in Oslo awarded this year's prize to her dissident husband for advocating political reform and respect for human rights in China.

"I strongly protest against the government for my illegal house arrest," she said on her Twitter account - her only link to the outside world - and called her situation "very hard to take".

She said earlier that two Norwegian diplomats attempted to visit her on Tuesday but were turned back at the entrance to her apartment block.

The Norwegian embassy confirmed that account.

The diplomats were "outside the gates of her compound, (having come) to check on her condition", embassy spokesperson Tone Helene Aarvik said, refusing to provide more details.

Phones cut off

Liu Xia has said she hopes to travel to Norway to accept the award for her husband, who was sentenced last December to 11 years in jail on subversion charges after co-authoring Charter 08, a bold call for political reform.

She has been communicating via Twitter after her cellphone was cut off earlier in the week. A replacement phone has now also been cut off, Liu said in a tweet late on Tuesday.

"I had the phone for only a day and already it has been cut off by the hoodlums," she said.

In her latest tweet, she said her confinement was taking a toll on her family.

"My elderly 77-year-old mother came over to see me today because I did not phone my family yesterday. (They're) concerned."

Beijing police declined to comment on the situation when contacted.
One of her husband's lawyers said on Wednesday they also had no way of reaching her.

"We can't contact her at the moment. We are just waiting and hopefully we can find a way to get in touch soon," attorney Shang Baojun said.

Media 'ban'

Liu Xia has sent a handful of messages via her Twitter account Liuxia64 with brief updates on her situation since Friday.

She has been under house arrest since the award was announced, except for a weekend trip under police escort to the prison in northeastern China where her husband is jailed.

The controls are apparently aimed at preventing her from talking to reporters as part of a huge campaign by the government - which is furious over the award - to stifle news of the prize in China's media and on the internet.

On Tuesday, Shang said Liu Xia wanted to ask a higher court for a retrial of her husband.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson refused to comment on her case when asked about it at a regular news briefing on Tuesday.

The United States, one of many countries that has called for Liu Xiaobo's immediate release, on Tuesday expressed concern about Liu Xia.

"Her rights should be respected, and she should be allowed to move freely without harassment," a spokesperson for the US embassy in Beijing said.

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