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Freedom Now: China Releases Liu Xia, Widow of Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jul 10, 2018 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News | Comments Off on Freedom Now: China Releases Liu Xia, Widow of Liu Xiaobo

Freedom Now is greatly relieved by reports that Liu Xia boarded a flight early Tuesday morning from Beijing en route for Germany. Her release comes nearly eight years after she was placed under house arrest without any formal charges and monitored by strict surveillance. Her physical and mental condition had worsened since the death of her husband Liu Xiaobo, the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, last year. Freedom Now joins the international community in celebrating Liu Xia’s release after eight painful years and can only hope that she will finally have the space and support to grieve and heal. Freedom Now’s Executive Director Maran Turner adds “the tragedy of what has been done to her by the Chinese government is shameful. We are relieved she is now safely outside the country that held her hostage for many years. While the government...

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China Finally Releases Liu Xia, Widow of Liu Xiaobo, Detained Under House Arrest Without Charge or Trial for Years

Posted on Jul 10, 2018 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News | Comments Off on China Finally Releases Liu Xia, Widow of Liu Xiaobo, Detained Under House Arrest Without Charge or Trial for Years

Washington – After years of extraordinary suffering, Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, is finally free.  She departed Beijing overnight and is traveling to Berlin via Helsinki.   Jared Genser, her pro bono counsel issued the following statement:  “I am relieved and very grateful to Chancellor Merkel, President Trump, and so many others in the international community who helped make today possible.  Liu Xia was never a political person and yet for almost eight years enormous misery was heaped upon her by Chinese authorities for the crime of merely having married her husband.  While Liu Xia is free, our work is not complete.  Her brother, Liu Hui, remains in China.  Until he is able to leave China to be reunited with his sister, Liu Xia will remain a hostage of the Chinese government.”...

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Liu Xia, widow of Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, flies out of China bound for Germany

Posted on Jul 10, 2018 in Highlights, House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News | Comments Off on Liu Xia, widow of Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, flies out of China bound for Germany

Source: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2154570/liu-xia-widow-nobel-prize-winner-liu-xiaobo-flies-out Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, flew out of China bound for Germany on Tuesday morning, the South China Morning Posthas learned. The 57-year-old poet and artist had been under house arrest for more than seven years since her late husband was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010 while in jail. News of Liu Xia’s release came as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is on a visit to Germany. He met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday. Liu Xiaobo died aged 61 in hospital on July 13 last year. He was the first Nobel Peace Prize winner to die in custody since German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky in 1938. Liu left the country aboard a Finnair flight, her friends said. Her brother, Liu Hui, was not on the plane, they...

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