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Charter 77 signatories slam Liu's 'persecution'

2017-07-13 HKT 16:10
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More than a hundred signatories of the Czech human rights manifesto Charter 77 have issued an open letter accusing Beijing of an “unlawful and unjust” persecution of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.

In a brief statement, they said they extended their heartfelt greetings to Liu and supported his “struggle to have human rights upheld” in China.

Liu helped draft the manifesto Charter 08 – which called for the democratisation of China – based on Charter 77, which was drawn up by a number of writers and intellectuals and published in 1977 demanding the communist government of Czechoslovakia recognise basic human rights.

Liu, who was sentenced to 11 years in prison for "subversion" in 2009, was admitted to hospital early last month after he was transferred from prison due to late-stage liver cancer.

His wife, the poet Liu Xia, has been by his side, but her ability to communicate with the outside world is restricted. Authorities have kept her under house arrest since 2010. (Additional reporting by AP)