The Chinese government released political prisoner and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo, last week on medical parole, after he was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer. Liu was arrested in 2008 after co-drafting a pro-democracy manifesto called ‘Charter 08’. The drafters called for an end to one-party rule and more consciousness in human rights.
After a year in detention, Liu was sentenced in 2009 to 11 years in prison for ‘inciting the subversion of state power’. We’ll discuss the Liu Xiaobo case and other Chinese dissidents with Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch.