Liu Xiaobo

Liu Xiaobo

Location: Beijing, China
39° 54' 4.7124" N, 116° 24' 0.5256" E
Status: Under Arrest
Arrested on 08 Dec 2008

Other arrests: He has been detained, arrested, and sentenced repeatedly for his peaceful political activities, including participation in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. In January 1991, Liu Xiaobo was convicted on charges of "counter-revolutionary propaganda and incitement," but he was exempt from criminal punishment. In October 1996, he was ordered to serve three years of reeducation through labor on charges of "disturbing public order" for criticizing the Communist Party of China. In 2007, Liu was briefly detained and questioned about articles he wrote which were published online on websites hosted outside Mainland China. Liu's human rights work has received international recognition.

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On December 8, 2008, Chinese authorities arrested blogger, writer, and PEN Member Liu Xiaobo after he co-authored Charter 08, a manifesto calling for greater freedoms and democracy in China, which was signed by hundreds citizens from all walks of life. This arrest also stemmed from political essays he posted on the Internet. 

Almost a year after his detention, Liu was formally arrested and charged with "inciting subversion of state power" on June 23, 2009. He appealed and was denied on February 11, 2010, by The Beijing High People's Court, which upheld an 11-year prison sentence for his writings and activities.

In 2004, Reporters Without Borders honored Liu's human rights work, awarding him the Fondation de France Prize as a defender of press freedom.

On January 18, 2010, Liu was nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize by Václav Havel, Dalai Lama, André Glucksmann, Vartan Gregorian, Mike Moore, Karel Schwarzenberg, Desmond Tutu, and Grigory Yavlinsky.

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