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Liu Xia, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Liu Xiaobo’s Wife, Under House Arrest

October 10, 2010

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received urgent information from Liu Xia (刘霞), wife of imprisoned 2010 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波), that she has been placed under house arrest in Beijing. Liu Xia reported that Beijing municipal state security officers followed her as she returned home from visiting Liu Xiaobo in Jinzhou, Liaoning Province, where he is serving his 11-year prison sentence. Liu Xia reported that her communication has been cut; both her and her brother’s mobile phones have been interfered with (搞坏). The state security officers are not allowing Liu Xia to contact the media and her friends, and she has been told that if she wants to leave her home, she must be escorted in a police car. Her internet connection has also been cut off. Liu Xia requested HRIC to urge the international media to monitor her house arrest situation.

Liu Xia also summarized her visit on October 10 with Liu Xiaobo in prison. The meeting lasted about an hour. Liu Xiaobo told Liu Xia that he already had been informed of the Nobel Peace Prize the day before. When they spoke of the award, he was very serious, saying, “This award is for the lost souls of June Fourth.” He said that it was due to their non-violent spirit in giving their lives for peace, freedom, and democracy; upon finishing, he was moved to tears.

HRIC strongly urges the international community to press the Chinese authorities to immediately release Liu Xia from house arrest, free Liu Xiaobo, and free all prisoners of conscience incarcerated as a result of exercising their right of freedom of expression.

For English translations of Liu Xiabo’s articles and documents relating to his case, see “Freedom of Expression on Trial in China”:

“Inciting Subversion of State Power”?: Six Essays by Liu Xiaobo and Charter 08

Freedom of Expression on Trial: Liu Xiaobo Legal Case Documents

Freedom of Expression across Borders

For more information about Liu Xiaobo, see: