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US lawmakers, Chinese friends seek Liu Xiaobo release

Published on Dec 13, 2012 5:59 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States (US) lawmakers and Chinese friends of author Liu Xiaobo on Wednesday appealed for his freedom, vowing not to forget the world's only jailed Nobel laureate two years after he won the prize.

Lawmakers voiced regret that little had changed in the past two years during a hearing on Liu Xiaobo at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, which is tasked with examining Beijing's human rights record.

"We have not forgotten Liu Xiaobo and his wife. We commit to seeking their release from confinement and detention. We will not forget them next year, or the year thereafter - regardless of the circumstances," said Representative Chris Smith, co-chairman of the commission.

Mr Liu was arrested and sentenced to 11 years in prison for subversion after spearheading Charter 08, a bold petition for the protection of human rights in the one-party communist nation.

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