Rights Groups, Nobel Commission Express Regret Over Liu Xiaobo's Death

Liu Xiaobo the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner

"Western mainstream society is much less enthusiastic than before in interfering with China's sovereign affairs", it said. But he was detained in December 2008, shortly before the charter's release, and in 2009 was sentenced to 11 years in prison for subversion, a charge often used to convict dissidents.

Republican Senator Tom Cotton said Liu Xiaobo has shown "a quiet but formidable courage that will live on in the hearts of all Chinese people who long to be free".

For his role, Liu was sentenced for two years in prison, according to the New York Times.

"The world grieves for you".

Born in Changchun, in the northeastern province of Jilin, Liu was taken by his father to Inner Mongolia in 1969, when intellectuals across China were sent "down to the countryside" during Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), and initially worked as a farm laborer.

This was a call for an end to one-party rule and the introduction of multi-party democracy.

"I will see him as a very important symbol, (but) people like him fail to get attention from common folk, and given his plight as an unknown prisoner of conscience, there is little to say", one person identified as L said in the article.

Along with three other protest leaders, Liu led a hunger strike in the heart of the square.

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Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland sits next to an empty chair symbolising the absence of jailed Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo during the Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway, December 10th, 2010.

The death of Liu lays bare the Chinese government's ruthlessness toward peaceful proponents of human rights and democracy, Human Rights Watch said.

The indictment document described Liu's crimes as "very great", accusing him of "using rumors and slander to overthrow the socialist system".

In 2010, Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel peace prize for his struggle to seek political reforms in China. "My thoughts and prayers are with her, their family and the countless friends Liu Xiaobo had around the world". "He should never have spent a single day in jail, an injustice made even more tragic by the fact that his cancer was not diagnosed until it reached terminal phase". Carl von Ossietzky, who won the prize in 1935 for opposing Nazism, was the first laureate to die in German state custody in 1938. He continued that Dr. Liu will "inspire millions" of activists to fight for a democratic China.

A protester sits in front of pictures of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo during a demonstration outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong, Thursday, July 13, 2017. Bishop wrote on his blog Sinocism.

Wang Dan, a prominent leader of the 1989 pro-democracy protest movement on Beijing's Tiananmen Square, tweeted that governments worldwide must press for Liu Xia to be allowed to leave China, where she has been held under extralegal house arrest.

"Liu Xiaobo and his family have requested that the remainder of his care be provided in Germany or the United States", Joseph M Herman of the University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center and Markus B├╝chler of the University of Heidelberg said in a joint statement.

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