10/04/2011, 00.00
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Liu Xiaobo briefly released for father's funeral

2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, sentenced to 11 years in prison for subversion, was escorted on provisional release on September 18th for the funeral of his father. Liu Xiaoxuan his brother visited him in prison in the north-east China. His wife, the poet Liu Xia, persecuted by the police for a year, segregated or under house arrest.
Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Chinese academic and dissident Liu Xiaobo, 55, received a prison visit from his family and was briefly released, in September, on the occasion of the death of his father. The news was announced today by the academic’s brother. Liu Xiaoxuan explained by telephone that "September 18 Liu Xiaobo was allowed to return home for the funeral of his father, a week after his death." Liu Xiaoxuan also said that he visited his brother in recent weeks, in the prison in north-eastern China where he is held and had found him "in good physical condition."

Liu Xiaobo was sentenced in 2009 to 11 years in prison for subversion, for having signed a document calling for democracy in China, the "Charter 08". His case was discussed recently on the occasion of the visit of U.S. Vice President Biden to Beijing in August (China 17/08/Chinese activists ask Biden to support human rights and Liu Xiaobo’s release). In the year that has elapsed since the awarding of the Nobel prize Liu Xiaobo's wife, Liu Xia, 51, poet, has become virtually a prisoner of the regime.

Liu Xia has repeatedly been segregated, controlled by the police or under house arrest without access to the telephone and Internet, and not allowed see anyone, apart from some family members. In August she was allowed to visit her husband in prison. According to the Hong Kong Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, "the authorities have demanded that Liu Xiaoguang (one of three brothers of the Nobel Laureate, ed) not to speak" of the visit. In recent days Liu Xia has spoken out against the law and that allows authorities to detain dissidents without notifying families of their arrest (19/09/2011 With ‘enforced disappearances’, the Communist Party becomes a bunch of common criminals).
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