China's Nobel laureate Liu dies in custody

China's Nobel laureate Liu dies in custody

China's Nobel laureate Liu dies in custody

China on Friday said that awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo amounted to "blasphemy" and lodged protests with several countries, including the U.S., for making "irresponsible statements" on the death of the prominent dissident.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 for "his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China".

A pair of United States and German doctors who were granted permission to treat Liu said Sunday that he was strong enough to seek medical treatment overseas. "Anyone who violates law will be punished and remarks by certain countries constitutes interference in China's internal affairs", Geng said awarding Nobel prize to him "goes against the spirit of worldwide law".Liu's death led to abundant global criticism of China.

"The struggle for Human Rights is peace building", Thorbjorn Jagland, who is still a member of the Nobel committee, said on twitter. His death, at a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang, was confirmed by a statement from the Chinese government, and it made Liu the latest in a string of Chinese dissidents whose incarceration ended in serious illness or fatality.

China's state media have described Liu as a stooge of the West, saying his Nobel Peace Prize was a sign of the West's prejudice, arrogance and intent to impose its own ideology on China. Liu's death on July 13 has now returned his wife's fate back to the fore, with foreign officials calling for Beijing to release her from house arrest and let her leave the country as she wishes.

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The Chinese authorities refused to allow him to leave the country to receive medical care overseas, although an worldwide campaign had been urging this.

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The hospital reported that Liu, who has advanced liver cancer, is also suffering from renal failure and septic shock, and that blood clots have formed around his body.

The death on Thursday of Chinese dissident activist and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo elicited an outpouring of grief and anger in China, particularly from its artists.

Liu spent much of the last three decades in forced confinement - at home, at labour camps or in prison. Switzerland was among western countries offering Liu the possibility to receive medical treatment. Some critics warned that the treatment of Mr. Liu has marred China's worldwide reputation and tarnished the legacy of President Xi Jinping, who has taken a hard line against dissidents.

But outside the mainland, Chinese activists have been openly mourning him, with hundreds in Hong Kong attending a vigil on Thursday night.

"Governments should send a clear message to Beijing that the principles to which Liu Xiaobo devoted his life will thrive after his tragic death", she said.

Global human rights groups, Western governments and Chinese activists had urged authorities to free Liu and grant his final wish to be treated overseas.

"In his fight for freedom, equality, and constitutional rule in China, Liu Xiaobo embodied the human spirit that the Nobel prize rewards", Tillerson said in a statement. "Instead, we talked more about things like books we love, such as the Japanese novelist Yasunari Kawabata", she said.

The text was read out on the stage when Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 2010.

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