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Kerry urges Beijing to free Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo

Published on Dec 10, 2013 11:30 AM
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This file handout picture taken on Mar 14, 2005 shows 2010 Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo in Guangzhou in southern China. United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday urged China to free Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo as the writer and activist marked five years in detention. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday urged China to free Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo as the writer and activist marked five years in detention.

On the eve of the latest Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Norway, Mr Kerry also urged China to release Mr Liu's wife Liu Xia from house arrest and voiced concern over Beijing's clampdown on other activists, including anti-corruption campaigner Xu Zhiyong.

"We strongly urge Chinese authorities to release Liu Xiaobo, to end Liu Xia's house arrest and to guarantee to Liu Xiaobo and his family members all internationally recognised human rights protections and freedoms," Mr Kerry said in a statement.

While calling for a "constructive relationship" with the Asian power, Mr Kerry said: "We continue to believe that respect for international human rights is critical to China's growth, prosperity, and long-term stability."

 
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