Chinese political prisoner Liu Xiaobo dies at age 61

Chinese political prisoner Liu Xiaobo dies at age 61

Subjected to criticism from various quarters, China today said that awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to "dissident" and pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo amounted to "blasphemy" and it alleged that several countries, including the U.S., has been making "irresponsible statements" on his death.Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said,"Conferring the prize to such a person goes against the purposes of this award".

Shortly after Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo's death was announced, China's biggest social network has started censoring a host of words - and even emoji - typically used in mourning posts.

The head of the Nobel committee placed Liu's prize on an empty chair to symbolize his absence from the award ceremony that year.

He was serving an 11-year sentence in a Chinese prison, and was granted medical parole only in June, diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer.

Liu died from multiple organ failure after being denied treatment overseas. State-controlled Global Times said he was "a victim led astray" by the west.

The police have kept his wife, Liu Xia, under house arrest, preventing her from speaking out about Liu's death and his belated treatment for cancer.

Though Trump has frequently criticized China for its trade policies and economic relationship with North Korea, he has shied away from commenting on human rights abuses in the country.

His supporters and foreign governments had urged China to allow him to receive treatment overseas, but Chinese authorities insisted he was receiving the best care possible for a disease that had spread throughout his body.

A brief report in China's state-run media claimed Liu's funeral "would respect the wishes of his family and local customs, with relevant authorities providing assistance if the family requests it". Liu Xia has been on House arrest since 2010.

Xinhua and CCTV only issued a brief on their English site stating Liu Xiaobo, "convicted of subversion of state power", has died.

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China's most famous political dissident died in state custody Thursday. On that day the world honoured and celebrated Liu Xiaobo's courage as it does again today.

A bespectacled chain-smoker with a stutter, Liu established himself as a literary and political bombthrower in the mid-1980s, when Chinese society experienced a "cultural fever" under reform-minded Communist Party officials.

Critics say Liu's treatment was too little and too late and he should have been transferred out of the country for better prognosis.

On behalf of the government of Canada, Freeland also offered her "sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Liu and to his many supporters around the world".

By allowing Liu Xiaobo and thousands of other human rights defenders to be imprisoned, these leaders constantly trample on the constitution of the People's Republic of China, which explicitly guarantees free speech and media freedom.

"The Chinese government bears a heavy responsibility for his premature death".

Recalling the times he met Liu in person in 2006 and 2008, Aso said the lifelong activist was a noble yet friendly and open person.

"If we don't join the students in the square and face the same kind of danger, then we don't have any right to speak", Xiaobo was quoted by Hou.

"It is nonsense for (China), on the one hand, to commit itself to worldwide rights protections in the exercise of its sovereignty and then, on the other, to say that holding it to such commitments is a violation of its sovereignty".

The undated photo shows Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo (L in both photos) with his wife, poet Liu Xia, in a hospital in China.

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