Radio Taiwan International
The Presidential Office has expressed concern for Liu Xiaobo after the Chinese dissident and Nobel
prizewinner was diagnosed with terminal cancer. A statement from the Chinese government said Liu has been granted medical parole and was being treated at a hospital.
Liu was jailed for 11 years in 2009 on subversion charges for drafting the document Charter 08, which called for an end to single-party rule in China. He was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2010 for his nonviolent struggle for human rights in China.
Presidential Office spokesperson Alex Huang said Tuesday that the office hopes Liu will be granted basic human rights.
“Regarding Nobel peace laureate Mr Liu Xiaobo, who has been diagnosed with cancer, we are very concerned about his health and hope for Mr Liu to be granted proper medical treatment and for a speedy recovery,” said Huang. “At the same time, we call on the Beijing government to be open-minded in its treatment of an individual who has peacefully sought political reforms and democratic development, and that his basic human rights be protected.” [FULL STORY]