By: Agence France-Presse
China bears a “heavy responsibility” for the “premature” death of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, the Norwegian Nobel Committee stated on Thursday.
The distinguished democracy advocate died aged 61 whereas nonetheless in custody following a battle with most cancers.
Officials ignored worldwide pleas to let Liu spend his closing days free and overseas. Germany and the United States had supplied to take him in for therapy.
“We find it deeply disturbing that Liu Xiaobo was not transferred to a facility where he could receive adequate medical treatment before he became terminally ill,” Berit Reiss-Andersen, who chairs the Norwegian Nobel Committee, stated in an announcement.
“The Chinese government bears a heavy responsibility for his premature death.”
Reiss-Andersen complained that the dissident had not been in a position to profit from therapy overseas.
“While the whole world watched, China chose instead to maintain the isolation of its prisoner,” she added.
Liu was transferred from jail to a closely guarded hospital to be handled for late-stage liver most cancers greater than a month in the past.
He grew to become the primary Nobel Peace laureate to die in custody since German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky, who handed away in a hospital whereas held by the Nazis in 1938.
Liu was not in a position to attend the Nobel award ceremony in Oslo in 2010 as he was already serving an 11-year jail sentence for allegedly “attempting to undermine political order”.
The former head of the Nobel committee positioned that 12 months’s peace prize on an empty chair to honour Liu.
“We now have to come to terms with the fact that his chair will forever remain empty,” Reiss-Andersen added.
“At the same time it is our deep conviction that Liu Xiaobo will remain a powerful symbol for all who fight for freedom, democracy and a better world.”
Reiss-Andersen criticised the worldwide group for assembly the announcement of Liu’s severe situation “with silence and belated, hesitant reactions” though she added that France, Germany, the US and the EU “eventually” referred to as for his unconditional launch.
“It is a sad and disturbing fact that the representatives of the free world, who themselves hold democracy and human rights in high regard, are less willing to stand up for those rights for the benefit of others,” Reiss-Andersen stated.
Norway, amongst different nations, has been silent in current days over Liu’s situation.
Even although the Norwegian Nobel Committee is impartial of the federal government, Beijing froze diplomatic ties with Oslo in consequence of Liu successful the peace prize.
Beijing and Oslo relations have been normalised final December.