Tuesday, October 12, 2010
UN Human Rights experts appealed to the People's Republic of China to release him and others detained for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression in China. “Liu Xiaobo is a courageous human rights defender who has continuously and peacefully advocated for greater respect for human rights” in China, the experts said in a joint news release.
This year’s Nobel laureate took part in the Tiananmen Square demonstrations in Beijing in 1989. He had worked as a professor at Beijing Normal University and co-authored the ‘Charter 08’ document calling for multi-party democracy in China.
His wife went to the prison where Liu Xiaabo is being held to inform him of the award. She was allowed to spend about an hour with him. She has now also been placed under house arrest.
The People's Republic of China would do well to release Mr. Liu (and his wife), and to allow him to accept this important award. China is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) but it has not yet ratified that treaty. UN Human RIghts experts also used the occasion of the award to urge China to ratify the ICCPR.