Global Petition: Free Liu Xiaobo, Stop Oppressing Democratic Activists
China: Free Liu Xiaobo, Stop Oppressing Activists
---- A solemn appeal by the civil society to the PRC government.
(Initiated by the New School for Democracy, started on June 27, 2017)
On June 26, the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we were shockingly learned that Liu Xiaobo, imprisoned for the ninth year after co-drafting the manifesto Charter 08, has been diagnosed with advanced liver cancer and transferred to a hospital. As a member of the civil society that believes in democracy, freedom, human rights, and the rule of law, we feel deeply outraged by the abuses on Mr. Liu who was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his “long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” We fully support the urgent appeal made by Chinese dissidents, "Returning Liu Xiaobo Complete Freedom," which demands to the Chinese government:
- Release Liu Xiaobo from imprisonment unconditionally and allow his wife Liu Xia to resume contact with the world.
- Guarantee Liu Xiaobo the freedom of movement and access to medical care of his choice.
- Guarantee Liu Xiaobo the right to visitation by family and friends and receive humanitarian aid.
- Disclose Liu Xiaobo’s medical records during imprisonment, investigate the cause of his illness, and hold accountable persons who delayed medical attention for him that led to the deterioration of his health.
The cruelty Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia have endured is not an exception but the normal practice of Chinese government to crackdown dissidents. Since President Xi Jinping coming to power in 2013, these tactics have become a pervasive pattern. In the recent years, we have seen multiple cases of death in custody, including democratic activist Li Wangyang (2012), rights activist Cao Shunli (2014), revered Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche (2015), and democratic activist Peng Ming (2016). Independent investigations denied, no one was held responsible for their deaths.
Beijing’s oppression of dissidents violates not only international standards but also China’s own laws. As for the 709 Crackdown in 2015, the detained rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has been denied access to his family and legal counsel for nearly two years. Several lawyers revealed torture, including forced medication, after they were released. Furthermore, Chinese attacks on civil society have extended beyond its sovereignty and citizenship. For instance, Taiwanese national Li Ming-Che, a community college staff, has been detained incommunicado over three months. Beijing is responsible for guaranteeing his and others’ basic rights.
As a member of the civil society, we solemnly call on the Chinese government to:
Return to Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia genuine freedom!
Stop oppressing all democratic and rights activists!