Congressional-Executive Commission on China to hold press conference on anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Peace Prize

Liu Xiaobo

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China Aid
By Rachel Ritchie

(Washington—Dec. 8, 2015) The United States Congressional-Executive Commission on China will host a press conference at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., on the fifth anniversary of China 18 member and democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo’s reception of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in absentia in 2010 “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China,” according to the Nobel Foundation. Liu was arrested in December 2008 and sentenced to 11 years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power” for his part in drafting Charter 08, a manifesto calling for the reform of human rights in China, on Dec. 23, 2009.

“Liu Xiaobo lost his freedom for peacefully promoting democracy and human rights, an effort that has been widely championed by the international community, including Liu’s selection as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, whereas China views Liu as a criminal,” China Aid Vice President Kody Kness said. “To be sure, China will continue to be viewed as out-of-step with universal norms of basic human rights as long as Liu Xiaobo and thousands of other dissidents remain in prison.”

For more information on the press conference, which is being held on the eve of Human Rights Day, or to watch the press conference live, click here.

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