Health of Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Laureate, Is Said to Be Failing

Health of Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Laureate, Is Said to Be Failing

The 61-year-old dissident, who has late-stage liver cancer, is on dialysis and is at the resuscitation stage, the hospital said in a statement.

The Chinese hospital treating cancer-stricken Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo offered a grim update on his health Wednesday, but human rights groups cautioned that the authorities may be manipulating the medical reports.

Friends also said security in the area around the First Hospital of China Medical University in Shenyang, northeastern Liaoning province, had been stepped up, while Liu's friends and family were under increased surveillance.

The renowned dissident and intellectual was hospitalised amid strong security measures around the beginning of June after he was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer following nearly nine years in prison. Liu, who has been held since 2008 for "subversion", risks becoming the first Nobel Peace Prize laureate to die in custody since German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky, who passed away in a hospital under the Nazis in 1938.

His most recent conviction, on Christmas Day 2009, stemmed from his co-authorship of Charter 08, a manifesto calling for political reform and human rights in China.

Earlier this month, 154 Nobel laureates across six disciplines signed and sent an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, urging the Beijing authorities "on humanitarian grounds to grant Liu Xiaobo and (his wife) Liu Xia's wish to travel to the United States for medical treatment".




Asked about Germany's statement, the foreign ministry on Tuesday said it did not know anything about the issues raised, reiterating its position that countries should not interfere in China's internal affairs.

In 2010, while in prison, Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for "his long and nonviolent struggle for fundamental human rights in China" - prompting an infuriated Beijing to place his wife under house arrest and freeze diplomatic ties with Norway, where the prize victor is chosen.

"The national experts group's view is that the patient is in critical condition", the statement said.

While the hospital has tried active anti-infection therapy and blood purification treatment, those procedures have not helped to improve the condition of Liu's liver.

Jared Genser, a USA attorney who represents Liu, urged the Chinese government to allow a transfer, noting that additional treatment overseas could extend Liu's life for several weeks.

The German Embassy in Beijing complained on Monday that authorities recorded the meeting between the doctors and Liu without the consent of the German side and later leaked some carefully selected parts of it to the Chinese media.

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