In 2008, Liu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was arrested and charged with “inciting subversion of power.” He was an advocate for human rights and religious freedom in China and was recently released on medical parole. In late May, Liu was diagnosed with stage-4 liver cancer after the prison continually denied him adequate medical treatment. After receiving treatment at the Shenyang hospital for his deteriorating liver, Liu passed away on July 13, 2017 at 6:40 p.m. (China Standard Time). Liu was prohibited by the government to travel oversees to receive better treatment. This is the first time that a Nobel Peace Prize winner has died after undergoing extensive torture abuse since Carl van Ossietzky died under the Nazi regime. Carl died of tuberculosis and the lingering effects of the abuse he experienced in concentration camps in the 1930s.
07/14/2017 China (China Aid) – For the first time since the Holocaust, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate died in prison today after suffering abuse and medical neglect in China’s northeastern Liaoning province.
Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese dissident and literary critic awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his authorship of a robust piece calling for China’s political reform known as Charter 08, died of liver cancer at 6:40 p.m. China Standard Time on July 13, 2017, after Chinese authorities refused him adequate medical care while in prison.
Already weak from mistreatment, Liu’s cancer was discovered on May 24 and diagnosed as late-stage, but officials failed to release him on medical parole until June 26. Liu and his wife requested to travel abroad and consult top cancer specialists, but the Chinese government denied their cries for help and said he was too frail to travel. Instead, they brought in two doctors from the United States and Germany, who treated Liu and contradicted the travel decision, saying that he was healthy enough if the government permitted him to leave. However, the Communist Party ignored their assessment and kept Liu in the hospital until he passed away.
This is the first time a Nobel Peace Prize winner has perished after experiencing extensive abuse since Carl von Ossietzky died beneath the Nazi regime after receiving the award for making public the details of Germany’s re-armament, died of tuberculosis and the lingering effects of abuse he endured in concentration camps on May 4, 1938.
In response to the parallel circumstances, ChinaAid’s founder and president Bob Fu said:
“Are we too timid and politically correct to call today’s Chinese Communist regime a Nazi regime? What happened today is a moment of truth. I urge my friends, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator John Cornyn, and Senator Marco Rubio to work together with fellow conscientious Republicans and Democrats to pass that stalled Senate bill which will rename the street in front of the Chinese Embassy Liu Xiaobo Avenue. The House has passed the bill.”