China's jailed Nobel Peace laureate granted medical parole

The United States on Tuesday urged China to grant Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife "freedom of movement", after authorities confirmed the cancer-stricken activist had been transferred from prison to a hospital.

"(They) cannot perform surgery, cannot perform radiotherapy, cannot perform chemotherapy", Liu Xia said in the video.

Liu, China's best-known political prisoner, known for his advocacy for human rights and democracy, was convicted in 2009 of engaging in activities created to overthrow the government.

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"Given his influence and his massive following, it's possible that Beijing does not want him to return to society healthy, physically capable and energetic", said Hu.

Hu is calling on Beijing to be open and transparent about Liu's medical care. "[He] is being treated at a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang".

Ye said in his Twitter post that Liu's cancer was spreading.

Liu, who has about three years of his 11-year sentence to serve, was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer on May 23 and granted medical parole days later, lawyer Mo Shaoping told AFP. The defense team had argued for Liu to be released while awaiting trial on the basis of poor health, but was turned down, he said. "He is just receiving medical treatment for his illness", Mo told AFP yesterday.

"It is political murder for a prisoner of conscience to be diagnosed with an incurable illness inside a prison of the Chinese Communist Party". He was noted for his impassioned pro-democracy speeches, and started a hunger strike prior to the Chinese military involvement in crushing the movement at Tiananmen Square.

The news of Liu's diagnosis shocked and saddened fellow human rights activists who have admired the sacrifices Liu and his wife have made in the hope of achieving peaceful political change. It is widely believed she died of illness after authorities denied her medical attention.

His supporters, meanwhile, called for his full release from the prison.

In a rare interview in 2015, Gao celebrated that he's still living.

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

Liu is one of only three people to have won the Nobel award while jailed by their own government.

The prison bureau of Liaoning province said on Monday that Liu is being treated by eight "well-known tumor experts", but western politicians and rights activists have voiced concern about the quality of treatment.

His wife, Liu Xia, has been under house arrest since 2010.

China should "provide them the protection and freedom such as freedom of movement and access to medical care of his choosing to which they are entitled under the Chinese constitution and legal system and worldwide commitments", Polley said. China has in the past acknowledged problems of mistreatment in the criminal justice system and has repeatedly vowed to crack down to address them. Spokesman Lu Kang said any Chinese citizen's exit from and entry into the country is "ruled by law".

As a leading member of the Independent China Pen Centre, a grouping of Chinese writers, Liu had remained in close contact with key intellectuals and had been largely free to attend meetings and writer group activities despite constant police surveillance.

"At a time when China wants to have a greater worldwide role, it is only fitting that it should show humanity and compassion towards a man who has never committed any violent crime, but has dedicated his life to literature and free expression", it said on its website.

"We can not take the government's word".

"He was in reality sentenced for exercising his freedom of expression and should never have been jailed", it added, reiterating a standing invitation for Liu to come to Norway.

  • Rogelio Becker