The 2013 Human Rights International Day took place on December 10 and the Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo’s is still in Jail.
On December 9, 2013 US Secretary of State, John Kerry gave this statement Washington, DC: “The United States is deeply concerned that Chinese authorities continue to imprison Liu Xiaobo, as well as other activists, such as Xu Zhiyong, for peacefully exercising their universal right to freedom of expression. Equally concerning is the nearly three-year politically motivated house arrest of Liu Xiaobo’s wife, Liu Xia.”
Liu has been among the most combative critics of China’s one-Party rule. His case attracted an outcry from Western government and rights activists at home and abroad.
In December 2009, he was sentenced to jail for 11 years. The charge was: “campaigning for political freedoms and inciting subversion of state power”. Liu was not allowed to respond in court to the sentence.
Liu had called for sweeping political reforms, and before that was prominent in the 1989 pro-democracy protests centered on Tiananmen Square that were crushed by armed troops.
On December 10, 2010, Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China” according to the Oslo-based Nobel committee statement.
The US state department noted that the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has determined Liu Xiaobo’s ongoing imprisonment and Liu Xia’s house arrest to be in contravention of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“We strongly urge Chinese authorities to release Liu Xiaobo, to end Liu Xia’s house arrest, and to guarantee to Liu Xiaobo and his family members all internationally recognized human rights protections and freedoms”, called Kerry in his statement.