In December 2010, Liu (L) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his activism promoting human rights in China, causing China to freeze diplomatic ties with Norway. Photograph: (AFP)
Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo has been released from prison on medical grounds after he was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, his lawyer said.
Liu, a human rights activist, was jailed in 2009 for 11 years for "inciting subversion of state power" after he helped write a petition known as "Charter 08" calling for sweeping political reforms in China.
Liu's brother confirmed the Nobel laureate had been diagnosed with cancer on May 23, his lawyer Mo Shaoping told the South China Morning Post.
Liu had been incarcerated at Jinzhou Penitentiary in Liaoning, his home province in northeast China, before being moved to the hospital for treatment. (AFP)
He is being treated in the city of Shenyang.
Liu had been incarcerated at Jinzhou Penitentiary in Liaoning, his home province in northeast China, before being moved to the hospital for treatment.
Liu’s wife, Liu Xia, has been under house arrest since he won the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2010 and has reportedly suffered from depression. She has not been formally charged with a crime.
Liu was not allowed to attend his father-in-law's funeral last year and his mother-in-law's funeral this year, Reuters reported.
Rights group Amnesty International also confirmed the news of Liu's illness in a tweet. (Reuters)
Amnesty International’s China Researcher, William Nee, said authorities should ensure Liu was receiving adequate medical care and he called for the immediate and unconditional release of Liu and his wife.
"Obviously, it’s a shameful situation and it’s incredibly sad to see one of China’s most prominent intellectuals suffer from such a terrible illness when he never should’ve been detained in the first place,” Nee said.