Originally published by Human Rights Watch,October 8, 2010
This award will no doubt infuriate the Chinese government by putting its human rights record squarely back into the international debate.Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch
Release Peace Laureate and Other Jailed Rights Defenders
Human Rights Watch reiterated its longstanding call for the release of Liu, whom a Beijing court sentenced to an 11-year prison term on December 25, 2009. His spurious “subversion” charges stemmed from his role in drafting and circulating Charter ’08, an online petition which advocates putting human rights, democracy, and the rule of law at the core of the Chinese political system. Originally signed by 303 Chinese citizens, including rights defenders and legal activists, it has been widely circulated online and has now collected thousands of signatures. Prior to his formal arrest on June 23, 2009, Liu had been held incommunicado since his detention on December 8, 2008.