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."

  • Libertador - 2011-10-08 08:38

    China has not asked that Mr Manning be released, Mr Assange be left alone, or Guantanamo be shut down. Human rights and freedom of speech applies here too.

      sabc10 - 2011-10-08 13:06

      I wonder why the holiness,the peaceful,honest holy man is extremely silent in this regard????

      Libertador - 2011-10-08 14:12

      He was silent about apartheid as well.

      slg - 2011-10-08 15:10

      Your monotonous anti-US sentiments are so boring and dumb.

  • beicime - 2011-10-08 08:53

    South Africa ANC that opposed for decades to politcal arrests didn't say anything about China doing the same.

  • WiseOwl2 - 2011-10-08 09:30

    China is a police state not a free state.

  • sabc10 - 2011-10-08 12:23

    Of course the USA the bully boy of the world seeks disorder in the rest of the world.Even the DL would disagree since he believes in peace and education.In other words education before liberation. USA needs to co operate instead of flying past with its intention of exploiting resources in every part of the world.

      slg - 2011-10-08 15:12

      You're a victim, that's why you see the US as a bully. The US is demanding the release of a Nobel Peace Prize winner who is jailed by China, for goodness sake. Are you that blinded by your victimhood?

  • NewNews - 2011-10-08 14:33

    One of many. What about all the jailed Tibetan monks. Horror stories bout the way they were treated and are being treated. Sadly the Chinese people themselves are held hostage by internet censorship... Why I'm reluctant to personify 'China' or the 'Chinese' based on the actions of a few in power.

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