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Dissident's Burial at Sea Has Unintended Consequence

Activists say it has created a global memorial

(Newser) - Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's supporters say that in casting his ashes into the sea , the Chinese government hoped to deprive them of a permanent resting place to hold dear. What it did instead was create the world's biggest memorial, say those supporters, who plan to gather next to... More »

Chinese Activist’s Ashes Scattered at Sea

Friends disputed the government’s line on Liu Xiaobo’s funeral

(Newser) - Family members of Liu Xiaobo scattered the jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate's ashes into the sea on Saturday in funeral proceedings closely orchestrated by the Chinese government following his death from cancer while in custody, the AP reports. Liu's supporters say the move was intended by the authoritarian... More »

Dying Nobel Winner's Last Words Were for His Wife

With Liu Xiaobo gone, concern shifts to Liu Xia

(Newser) - There were no mentions of Liu Xiaobo to be found across Chinese social media sites following the Nobel Laureate's death on Thursday , a result of government censors. But that doesn't mean Liu's Chinese admirers weren't paying tribute. Though "RIP" and even the burning candle emoji... More »

China's Most Famous Prisoner Dead at 61

Liu Xiaobo had been diagnosed with cancer, denied opportunity to seek treatment abroad

(Newser) - Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has died at age 61, the AP reports. Liu, the country's most prominent political prisoner, was first put behind bars in 1989 in connection with the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests. His fourth and last prison sentence, for inciting subversion thanks... More »

Docs Contradict China, Say Dying Dissident Can Leave

Liu Xiaobo medically cleared for travel, unclear if Beijing will let him go

(Newser) - Two foreign specialists who visited Liu Xiaobo said Sunday that the cancer-stricken Nobel Peace Prize laureate can safely travel abroad for treatment, contradicting statements by Chinese experts who say a medical evacuation would be unsafe for China's best-known political prisoner. Dr. Markus Buchler of Heidelberg University and Dr. Joseph... More »

After Jailed Nobel Laureate's Cancer, China Relents

Liu Xiaobo received medical parole after learning of late-stage liver cancer: lawyer

(Newser) - Jailed Nobel Peace laureate and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been released on medical parole after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, his lawyer said Monday. Liu was in stable condition at China Medical University's No. 1 Affiliated Hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang, lawyer Mo Shaoping told... More »

China Embassy's New DC Address: Dissident Plaza?

Beijing says road-renaming plan 'sheer farce'

(Newser) - In what China dismisses as a "sheer farce" and "meaningless sensationalism," efforts to rename the road in front of its embassy in Washington, DC, after a dissident are gathering steam. An amendment that would make the embassy's new address 1 Liu Xiaobo Plaza—after a Nobel... More »

Thousands Rally in Hong Kong

Group calls for human rights in China on Tiananmen Square anniversary

(Newser) - Tens of thousands turned out yesterday in Hong Kong to call for human rights in China and commemorate the June 4, 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square, the Wall Street Journal reports. Organizers say 150,000 attended the gathering, while local media reports cite police figures—which are generally lower than... More »

Salman Rushdie: Free China's Artists

Communist regime has become 'the world's greatest threat to freedom of speech'

(Newser) - Securing the release of Ai Weiwei , and the other artists China has arrested and silenced, “is a matter of urgency and the governments of the free world have a clear duty in this matter,” argues Salman Rushdie in an op-ed in today’s New York Times . The charges... More »

Obama Pressured to Raise Liu Xiaobo With Hu

And other items on the agenda

(Newser) - President Obama has no shortage of things to discuss with Hu Jintao, who arrived in Washington yesterday—starting with the fate of Liu Xiaobo. Chinese human rights advocates urged Obama to “publicly and privately” press for Liu’s release, according to the Guardian , and that call was echoed by... More »

Peace Prize Ceremony Proceeds ... With Empty Chair

Liu Xiaobo's Nobel the first since 1936 to go uncollected

(Newser) - Clapping solemnly, dignitaries in Norway celebrated Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo with an empty chair. Some 1,000 guests, including ambassadors, royalty, and other VIPs, took their seats in Oslo's modernist City Hall for the two-hour ceremony; about 100 Chinese dissidents in exile and some activists from Hong Kong... More »

China Blocks CNN, BBC Ahead of Nobel Ceremony

It's standard policy for Beijing on sensitive subjects

(Newser) - Beijing appears to be blocking foreign media, with CNN, the BBC and a Norwegian news organization blacked out on the mainland the day before the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. China hasn't stated it is doing so intentionally, but CNN and the like are frequently blacked out when dealing with sensitive... More »

Screw the Nobel: China Creates Its Own Peace Prize

'Confucius Peace Prize' counters dissident's win

(Newser) - Delegates from the 19 countries that China has persuaded to skip Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony have got somewhere else to go this week. China, just in case anybody hadn't realized it was infuriated by the dissident's prize, has created a rival peace prize of its own and plans... More »

China Convinces 19 Countries to Skip Nobel Ceremony

Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Venezuela, Afghanistan and others to stay home

(Newser) - The number of countries avoiding Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony has more than tripled in the last three weeks, from six to 19, as countries cave to pressure from China to snub the dissident. Russia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Venezuela, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Tunisia, Vietnam, the... More »

Nobel Panel May Not Present Liu's Peace Prize

Because he can't be there to accept it

(Newser) - The Nobel Peace Prize committee is considering postponing Liu Xiaobo’s peace prize presentation, because neither the jailed dissident nor any of his family members can show up to receive it, the New York Times reports. “The ceremony will definitely take place,” said committee secretary Geir Lundestad, but... More »

China Blocks Travel for Nobel Winner's Lawyer

Human rights attorney stopped at Beijing airport on way to conference

(Newser) - A lawyer who represents jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has been blocked from leaving China. Mo Shaoping, one of the country's most prominent human rights lawyers, says police at Beijing's airport prevented him from boarding a flight to London, where he was to attend an international legal conference,... More »

China to Europe: Boycott Nobel Ceremony

And intensifies the crackdown at home

(Newser) - China is leaning on European governments to skip the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for imprisoned dissident Liu Xiaobo, and to refrain from issuing their usual statements of congratulations. In a diplomatic note to European embassies in Oslo, China argued that Liu is a criminal, and that the award interferes with... More »

China Jails Man for Leaflets on Nobel Winner

Arrest marks harsh turn in crackdown on supporters of Liu

(Newser) - China has detained a man on suspicion of subversion, after catching him handing out fliers about imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo , activists tell the AP . Guo Xianliang disappeared last week while on a business trip to Guangzhou. He had been passing out fliers in a park that read,... More »

China Accused of Freezing Out Miss World Favorite

Snub thought to be related to anger over Nobel Peace Prize

(Newser) - Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize win has caused quite a backlash in China, where authorities are still cracking down on his supporters—and now the backlash has hit the Miss World contest, held this weekend on a Chinese island. Miss USA Alexandria Mills, 18, was crowned the winner amid speculation... More »

China Snatches Woman in Middle of Night Over Tweet

She tweeted that she planned to march in support of Nobel winner Liu Xiabo

(Newser) - A young Chinese woman who tweeted that she planned to march with a banner honoring imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiabo has been busted by police. Mou Yanxi was snatched from her house in the middle of the night as authorities stepped up a crackdown on Liu's friends and... More »

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