Chinese Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo Passes Away

The Nobel Peace Prize holder is the first to die in custody since German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky breathed his last in a hospital during 1938 in the custody of Nazis.

Shenyang: Chinese Nobel Peace Laureate, Liu Xiaobo, has on Thursday succumbed to liver cancer. The end came at the First Hospital of China Medical University in Shenyang.

The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, a jail inmate, was being treated for late-stage liver cancer. The hospital said Liu’s family refused to have him put on artificial ventilation, which was necessary to maintain life.

The laureate had already suffered multiple organ failures and efforts to save him failed, asserted Shenyang Legal Bureau. Liu was recently moved from the jail to Shenyang hospital, where his condition worsened on Wednesday.

The Nobel winner had been sentenced to jail for 11 years in 2009 “for inciting subversion of State power”. He was charged with “helping write a petition called ‘Charter 08’, calling for extensive political reforms (in China)”.

Human rights’ groups in China have expressed anger over “control of information and dishonesty” by the Chinese Government. This did not let the rights’ groups obtain independent information about Liu’s health.

Liu becomes the first Nobel Peace Prize laureate to die in custody since German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky, who too passed away in a hospital in 1938 while being held by the Nazis.

When international community appealed to the Chinese Government to let cancer-stricken Liu go for treatment abroad, authorities refused saying “he is getting the best possible care from top doctors in the country”.

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