22 February 2018

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02/20/2014 CHINA

Beijing, Liu Xia hospitalized: friends say authorities have destroyed her health

The wife of jailed Nobel Laureate, Liu Xiaobo, had a heart attack and suffers from depression. After trying in vain to leave China to be hospitalized abroad, she was rejected treatment by several hospitals in Beijing . Her current whereabouts is and actual health condition unclear.

Beijing ( AsiaNews) - Liu Xia, wife of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo, has been hospitalized for heart problems, suspected depression and "other symptoms" that "have been aggravated during the period of illegal detention" that she has been subjected to now for almost four years. This was confirmed this morning by lawyer Mo Shaoping, a human rights activist and close friend of the couple.

The Chinese authorities have prevented a hospitalization abroad and, at first, banned hospitals in Beijing from admitting her. After a further deterioration in her condition, on February 18 she was admitted to a hospital in the capital. But her whereabouts and doctors diagnosis of her condition are unknown.

Since October 2010 - when Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize for having drafted the "Charter 08 ", a document calling for democracy and respect for human rights in China - Liu Xia has been living under tight control  followed by plain clothes police even when she goes to visit her parents and her husband in jail. Currently all contact with anyone outside of her immediate family has been cut off.

According to Mo, "Liu Xia's family proposed to take her abroad or to Hong Kong for a treatment, but the police refused to approve the plan". In early February 2014, she was admitted to a facility in Beijing, but after less than a day was taken home, where she lives under close police surveillance. Ye Du , writer and friend of the woman, spoke to her recently on the phone : "She said she had heart problems. In January she had a medical examination, and was told that her heart does not pump enough blood".

Ye argues that the women's illegal detention is the cause of her woes: "The environment that she's been placed in, having been put under house arrest for so many years, is the main reason (for her worsening health), and they thought that going overseas was the only way they could fully guarantee that she will have good treatment".  To express solidarity with Liu Xia , a group of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong and mainland China have shaved their heads on St. Valentines Day to demand his unconditional release.


See also

13/12/2010 CHINA
Beijing’s ham fisted response to Liu Xiaobo affair
Analysts, politicians and journalists around the world agree: the attitude of complete closure with respect to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo has seriously impacted on the Chinese government’s attempt to rehabilitate itself after the Tiananmen Square massacre.

08/10/2010 CHINA – NORWAY
Nobel Prize goes to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo
The scholar, author and first signatory of Chart 08, was awarded the prize because of his long-standing non-violent struggle for democracy and peace. For Beijing, it is an “obscenity”.

09/12/2010 CHINA - TIBET
2010, a black year for human rights in Tibet, highlighted by Liu Nobel
Arrests of monks and intellectuals, death sentences and life imprisonment, Tibetan deleted as the language of academic study: the persecution continues in Tibet. The exiled Tibetan prime minister praises the award to Liu and recalls the Pope’s commitment of in favor of the human person.

25/11/2010 CHINA
Arrests and control: only one activist in Oslo for Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel
The Nobel Committee has reserved 30 to 50 seats for friends of Liu, but has so far secured only the presence of Wan Yanhai, who fled to America last May. Prof. He Guanghui, a professor at Renmin, was detained at Beijing airport. Zhang Zuhua, Bao Tong, Ding Zilin all under house arrest.

09/12/2011 CHINA
Nobel Laureates in support of Liu Xiaobo, imprisoned for 11 years
The dissident is the only winner of the Nobel Prize in prison. His “immediate and unconditional release” demanded by Shirin Ebadi, Jody Williams, Mairead Maguire, Betty Williams, Desmond Tutu and Vaclav Havel. The West has forgotten him.

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