Doctors "made every effort" in treating late Chinese dissident

Marie Harrington
July 15, 2017

China's decision not to allow Liu to go overseas, despite his own request, was widely criticised by the global community.

A few English-language outlets carried short reports on Liu's death, highlighting his "criminal" background and the Chinese doctor's effort to save him.

He was sentenced to 11 years in 2009 after being convicted of "inciting subversion of state power", and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in absentia in 2010 for championing human rights in China.

In 2009, he wrote a manifesto, Charter 08, that called for political reform and criticised the government for failing to produce a democratic China.

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei says China's imprisonment of ailing Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo is "a shame for the Chinese government and a shame for the worldwide community".

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.

Cruz said only one man, President Xi Jinping, was preventing Liu and his wife from coming to America to live out his remaining days, as was their wish.

"I will continue to tell people how he lived his life", she said.

"The West has bestowed upon Liu a halo, which will not linger", the Global Times asserted, "One can create some waves against the current, but history will eventually wash away these traces ..." It is unclear whether Jagland's tweet was a reaction to the Chinese statement.

Chinese authorities are slamming several countries over "irresponsible remarks" made by Western leaders about the death of jailed Chinese dissident and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo but it appears Canada has escaped Beijing's ire.

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Such conditions made him hopeful about the future of China, which would, in the end, become a free nation "ruled by law, where human rights reign supreme".

Liu included police officers, public prosecutors and judges in his statement.

China's warning seems to have gone unheeded, with even the U.S. president - not known to be a public champion of human rights activists - expressing his sorrow over Liu's death and calling him a "political prisoner". He is the first Nobel Peace Prize victor to die in state custody since 1938, when German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky died after years in Nazi Germany's concentration camps.

Liu's wife, the poet and artist Liu Xia, and his other relatives could not be reached Thursday evening.

"Mr. Liu dedicated his life to intellectual discovery, the pursuit of freedom and the protection of human rights in China", Freeland said in her official statement. "She is a fragile woman, I fear she might have been driven mad", said a close friend who refused to be named because she was visited by security agent yesterday. Chinese officials resisted that claim, and rebuffed requests to allow him to leave the country.

Liu died of terminal cancer on Thursday, July 13, 2017, shortly after being transferred from jail to a civilian hospital for palliative care.

"The authorities at least pretended to be trying to improve the human rights situation in previous decades", said C├ędric Alviani, the head of RSF's East Asia bureau.

Geng, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, repeatedly declined to say Friday if the government would allow Liu Xia to leave China, insisting that Beijing would handle her case "in accordance with law".

"I think it is ill-mannered and quite provocative that the prime minister uses words such as "deep grief" when she heard about Liu Xiaobo's death", said Eide, who is standing as a candidate with the Socialist Left Party at this year's general election.

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