US urges China to grant Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo ‘freedom of movement’

A spokeswoman for the US embassy in Beijing said they were "working to gather more information" about Liu's legal and medical status. "We call on the Chinese authorities to not only to release Mr Liu but also to allow his wife Ms Liu Xia out of house arrest," she said.

By: AFP | Beijing | Updated: June 27, 2017 9:59 am
Liu Xiaobo, Nobel laureate, US-China, liu xiaobo freedom, freedom of movement Photos of Chinese Nobel rights activist Liu Xiaobo (L) and wife Liu Xia are left by protesters outside China’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China June 27, 2017. (Source: REUTERS)

The United States on Tuesday urged China to grant Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife “freedom of movement”, after authorities confirmed the cancer-stricken activist had been transferred from prison to a hospital.

A spokeswoman for the US embassy in Beijing said they were “working to gather more information” about Liu’s legal and medical status. “We call on the Chinese authorities to not only to release Mr Liu but also to allow his wife Ms Liu Xia out of house arrest,” she told AFP.

Protesters wearing masks of Chinese Nobel rights activist Liu Xiaobo stand outside China’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China June 27, 2017. (Source: REUTERS)

She said Beijing should “provide them the protection and freedom — such as freedom of movement and access to medical care of his choosing — to which they are entitled under the Chinese constitution and legal system and international commitments.”

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