US urges China to free Nobel winner

2011-10-08 07:36

Washington - The US has re-issued its call for China to free jailed dissident and democracy activist Liu Xiaobo who won last year's Nobel Peace Prize.

State department spokesperson Victoria Nuland also urged Beijing to stop harassing Liu's wife Liu Xia, who has been held under virtual house arrest since he won the prize last October.

Nuland told a news conference Friday that China has an international responsibility to uphold human rights and the US raises Liu Xiaobo's case every time it discusses the issue with Beijing.

Liu co-authored a manifesto in 2008 calling for an end to single-party rule in China, and was detained later that year.

His call for peaceful political change earned him an 11-year jail sentence on a charge of "inciting subversion of state power."

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