Canadians mark one year since death of human rights advocate Liu Xiaobo


July 13, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today released the following statement:

“Today marks one year since the tragic death of Chinese human rights advocate Liu Xiaobo, after he was imprisoned on baseless charges and denied the medical care he requested.

“It is with profound relief that we learned this week that his widow, Liu Xia, arrived safely in Germany, where she will be able to live her life freely. Ms. Liu was unjustly detained under house arrest in China, without charge, since 2010, when her husband was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

“We admire her resilience and courage during this incredibly difficult period, and we hope that she may find some solace, peace and a chance to heal in her new home.

“Canadians stand with Ms. Liu as we reflect on the enduring legacy of Liu Xiaobo and his relentless pursuit of freedom and human rights in China.

“Canadians believe in democratic and human rights, and we will always stand up for those who—in the face of oppression—seek a more just and equal world. Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, and we cannot let these brave voices be silenced.

“We call for the release of all political prisoners unjustly detained in China.”


Adam Austen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

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