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On trial for dedicating songs to Liu Xiaobo

Guangzhou (AsiaNews/RFA): Singer-songwriter, Xu Lin, appeared in court, on public order charges in Guangdong on July 27 for writing and singing songs dedicated to late writer, human rights advocate and Nobel Prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo, who was let out of incarceration on medical parole shortly before he died from liver cancer on 13 July 2017.
 
Xu’s wife, Wang, said she was prevented from attending the trial and had to watch a live video feed in a separate room. The singer’s friends were not allowed to come near the courthouse.

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Liu Xiaobo remembered as Liu Xia off to ‘new life’

HONG KONG (SE): About 200 local Catholics expressed their respect and tribute for the late Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, on July 11, two days before the first anniversary of his death, at a Mass held at St. John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong. 
 
Liu died of liver cancer on 13 July 2017 at the age of 61, when serving a sentence of 11 years’ imprisonment. He was formally charged on “inciting subversion of state power”.
 

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His presence was his elocution

Christians, including many in the Catholic Church in Hong Kong adopted Liu Xiaobo as a prophet during his life time and, since his untimely death in a Chinese prison on July 13, embraced him as a martyr.
 
Liu was not a Christian or a Catholic, but his lifelong commitment to the truth and the great value he placed on the integrity of his own conscience remained the driving inspiration of his life—an inspiration that he suffered and ultimately died for.
 








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Memorial Mass for Liu Xiaobo

HONG KONG (UCAN): Over 700 people gathered on July 18 to mourn the death of the Chinese Nobel laureate, Liu Xiaobo, whom they had adopted as a prophet and embraced as a martyr when he died under police surveillance after eight years of imprisonment on July 13.
 
A memorial Mass celebrated by Father Louis Ha Ke-loon was organised by the Justice and Peace Commission at Holy Cross parish in Sai Wan Ho on July 18 with five other priests and four permanent deacons.
 

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Liu’s death has lessons for the Vatican

HONG KONG (UCAN): In lamenting the premature death of 61-year-old Liu Xiaobo at the First Hospital of the China Medical University in Shenyang on July 13, Bangkok-based Michael Sainsbury says that the world has now seen the death of one of its bravest human beings and greatest citizens of modern day China.
 

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Adopted as prophet embraced as martyr

HONG KONG (SE): The question, “Do you think the Chinese government will release him now?” that was asked on the evening of 10 December 2010 in Oslo, Norway, when an empty chair sat in its lonely position on the stage at the presentation of the Nobel Prize for Peace to Liu Xiaobo has now been definitively answered.
 

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Health of Liu Xiaobo deliberately neglected former top aide says

BEIJING (SE): Bao Tong, the former top aide to the late ousted Chinese premier, Zhao Ziyang, has hit out at the Communist Party for its tardiness in granting medical parole to jailed Nobel laureate and democracy advocate, Liu Xiaobo (Sunday Examiner, July 2). 
 

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Open letter to Xi on human rights

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): More than 100 authors from around the world have signed a letter addressed to the president of China, Xi Jinping, asking him to stop repressing writers in the country and to address the human rights violations being perpetrated against them.

The letter was delivered on the World Day for Human Rights, December 10.

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Trumpet all Nobel Laureates

The awarding of a Nobel Prize for Medicine to a Chinese research doctor, Tu Youyou, has captured the imagination of the country and in some ways turned her into of a cult hero.

The home she used to live in has sky-rocketed in value and the high school she attended over 50 years ago has become a centre of attention.