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Chinese Foreign Ministry removes Q&A on Liu Xiaobo from its website

July 19 2018, 05:03 | Irvin Gilbert

Liu Xiabo

Liu Xiabo

He was 61 years old.

He was imprisoned for co-writing a document circulated in 2008 that called for more freedom of expression, human rights and an independent judiciary in China.

In a statement, the hospital said that a suspicious mass was found on Liu's liver in a checkup on May 31, and he was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer that had already metastasized throughout his body.

It was there that officials said in a brief statement that Liu had suffered multiple organ failure and efforts to save him had failed, according to Reuters and The Associated Press. The hospital had organized specialists from home and overseas to treat him, but his condition kept getting worse.

"We now have to come to terms with the fact that his chair will forever remain empty", Reiss-Andersen added.

He was the second person to receive the award while in prison - the other was the German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky, who won in 1935 while incarcerated in a Nazi concentration camp. Friends of the couple expressed rage at the government for its treatment of Liu.

Thanks to Liu, millions of people in China and across the world have been "inspired" to stand up for freedom and justice in the face of "oppression", he said.

Below is a look at milestones in the drive for greater Chinese political freedom, openness and accountability beginning with the 1978 democracy movement up to the present day, along with Liu's role.

Mr Liu was found guilty of trying to overthrow the state. It seems to me quite plausible that Liu's cancer would have been discovered earlier, when it was more treatable, if he had not been incarcerated. "Your unfulfilled wish is our mission".

The laureate in his last stages of liver cancer
The laureate in his last stages of liver cancer

"We must do all we can to end Liu Xia's illegal house arrest and surveillance and ensure that she is no longer persecuted by the authorities", Amnesty's Shetty said.

"Despite the imprisonment and separation from the wife he adored that could have fueled anger and bitterness, Liu Xiaobo declared that he had no hatred for those who pursued and prosecuted him", Zeid said.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged China to let Liu Xia leave. She said "the Chinese government bears a heavy responsibility for his premature death" because he wasn't given adequate treatment.

It said he was immediately sent to the hospital where he was being treated by eight well-known domestic cancer experts. In a move that felt crass and disgusting, the Chinese authorities filmed the dying Liu without his consent to make propaganda films falsely depicting merciful treatment of him.

His friends, however, confirmed that Liu's family had been able to visit him.

"But I think the historic message they are leaving is very different".

Liu was only the second Nobel Peace Prize victor to die in prison, a fact pointed to by human rights groups as an indication of the Chinese Communist Party's increasingly hard line against its critics. Less known in the West is the perspective of the Beijing establishment, succinctly presented in China Daily's news article just published.

Many held signs reading "The people's hero, he'll always be remembered", "the murder of a dissident" and "free Liu Xia".

"The Chinese government's arrogance, cruelty, and callousness are shocking - but Liu's struggle for a rights-respecting, democratic China will live on", said Human Rights Watch's China director Sophie Richardson.

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