November 28, 2018

As concerned scholars who study China, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), Central Asia, and other related regions of the world, we issue this statement to highlight our concerns and to call the international community to action in relation to the mass human...

October 4, 2018

At least five ethnic Uyghur professors from Xinjiang University in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are being held in political “re-education camps,” according to one of their former colleagues. 

Qutluq Almas, a former lecturer at Xinjiang University who liv...

August 2, 2018

Hu Jia, a Chinese human rights activist and critic of the Communist Party of China, has closely followed the case of Ilham Tohti, an outspoken economics professor who regularly highlighted the religious and cultural persecution of the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic minori...

July 19, 2018

On July 10, 2018, Chinese authorities finally ended their de facto house arrest of Liu Xia, a painter, poet, and the widow of Liu Xiaobo—China’s most famous activist, Nobel Laureate, and social research author. She was allowed to leave China after almost eight years of...

July 15, 2018

Liu Xia, the widow of the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, arrived in Berlin, having left Beijing after almost eight years of living under house arrest.

Despite facing no charges, the 57-year-old poet had endured heavy restrictions on her movements since 2010 when her husb...

November 21, 2017

Less than four months after the death from liver cancer of scholar, writer, and Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo, another Chinese dissident has died on medical parole. Yang Tongyan, recipient of the 2008 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, died on November 7,...

July 16, 2017

Friends of China's most prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo have accused the Chinese Government of violating human rights after the activist died of multiple organ failures brought on by liver cancer.

The 61-year-old Mr Liu was a prominent participant in the Tiananmen p...

July 10, 2017

Friends of China’s most famous political prisoner, the Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, have issued a plea to Chinese authorities to be allowed one final audience with the dying activist.

The Chinese democracy campaigner, who was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer in May...

June 26, 2017

Chinese Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has been released from prison on medical parole after he was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer.

Liu, 61, was a key leader in the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989. Liu was arrested in 2008 after penning a pro-democracy manifest...

March 27, 2017

An Australian academic researching human rights and barred from leaving China by state security agents on suspicion of endangering national security has been told not to reveal the details of his ordeal.

Chongyi Feng, a professor at the University of Technology Sydney,...

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Liu Xiaobo – the Quiet, Determined Teller of China’s Inconvenient Truths


China’s most famous dissident, Liu Xiaobo, has died in custody at age 61. The cause was liver cancer. His death, confirmed on July 13 by Chinese justice authorities  in the northeastern city of Shenyang, comes more than two weeks after prison authorities announced he was being moved to a hospital for treatment, news that was followed by pleas from around the world to allow him to travel abroad for care.

Dissident, Liu Xiaobo, won Nobel the Peace Prize in 2010 for ‘long and non-violent struggle’ for human rights. Illustration: Henry Wong

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