Desmond M. Tutu: 人权是很重要的 - For Universal Human Rights!
Chinese Leader Xi Jinping,
Release imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo and Wife Liu Xia!
is a prominent Chinese intellectual, democracy activist, and the
world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. As a fellow Nobel
laureate, I am asking you to stand with me and more than 134 other Nobel
Laureates in demanding Chinese leader Xi Jinping release Liu Xiaobo and
his wife Liu Xia, who is under house arrest.
Dr. Liu, a long-time rights activist, received an 11-year prison
sentence in 2009 after he helped write Charter ’08, a political
manifesto, which promoted peaceful democratic reform and called for
greater respect for fundamental human rights in China and an end to one
party rule. After arresting Dr. Liu, police held him without charge or
access to an attorney for six months. At trial, the government prevented
Dr. Liu’s wife, foreign diplomats, and the press from attending. On October 8, 2010, the Norwegian Nobel Committee took the bold step
of awarding Dr. Liu its Peace Prize in recognition of his “long and
non-violent struggle for fundamental rights in China.” Instead of celebrating a great award bestowed on one of its
citizens, Chinese police placed Dr. Liu’s wife, Liu Xia, under house
arrest without any charges or legal due process, and they prevented
diplomats and journalists from meeting with her. Two years later, both Dr. Liu and Liu Xia remain in detention.
Despite the United Nations saying Dr. Liu’s imprisonment and Liu Xia’s
house arrest violate international law, the government continues to
close them off from the outside world.
Join us by signing this petition to incoming Chinese leader Xi
Jinping. We are confident that your participation will send a clear
message to the Chinese government that the continued detention of the
world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and his wife—in clear
violation of their rights to freedom of expression and due process of
law—will not be tolerated by the international community. Join us in
letting China’s new leadership know that fundamental human rights must
be respected everywhere.