Chinese Nobel Rights Activist Liu Xiaobo’s Cancer Beyond Surgery: Wife
BEIJING: Liver cancer Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Peace Prize activist, is beyond treatment with surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, said the wife of M. Liu in a video that talks about deepening among supporters about his treatment by The Chinese authorities.
Mr Liu, 61, was sentenced to 11 years in 2009 for “inciting subversion of state power” after he helped write a petition called “Charter 08” calling for radical political reforms.
In December 2010, M. Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his activism in promoting human rights in China, prompting Beijing to freeze diplomatic relations with Norway. China and Norway standardized ties in December last year.
M. Liu is currently being treated at a hospital in Shenyang City, northern China for the late phase of liver cancer after getting a medical probation, his lawyer Monday told Reuters.
A video of Liu’s wife, Liu Xia, who was arrested at her home actually since her husband won the Nobel Peace Prize, crying and talking about her husband’s condition has been shared online for Monday.
“(They) can not perform surgery, radiotherapy can not perform, can not perform chemotherapy,” said Liu Xia in the video. She did not elaborate. It is not clear when the video was filmed.
A source close to the family confirmed the authenticity of the video and said that M. Liu is treated with targeted therapy.
“They (the authorities) say that the cancer has already spread too far for other treatments, but because we can not meet the doctors they treat, we have no way of knowing if this is true,” he said.
M. Liu and his wife wanted to return to Beijing for treatment, but authorities denied his request, according to the source.
The Liaoning Province prison office said Monday that Mr. Liu is being prosecuted by eight “known tumor experts”, but Western politicians and human rights activists expressed concern about the quality of treatment.
“Even with today’s news that Dr. Liu was released from prison for medical treatment, serious doubts remain,” said US Senator Marco Rubio, co-chair of the Congressional Executive Committee on China, in a statement. Monday.
“I invite the President of Trump to request the immediate humanitarian transfer of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo in the US,” he said.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday it did not know the circumstances of the case. China has in the past recognized the problems of ill-treatment in the criminal justice system and has repeatedly promised to repress to remedy.
Wang Qiaoling, the wife of rights advocate activist Li Heping, compared Ms Liu’s case to her husband’s and dozens of other lawyers who say they are suffering from ill-treatment in the latest crackdown on Beijing dissent.
“Like those who were caught in 709 (punishment)” we encounter hypertension, “we suspect that Liu Xiaobo has met with liver cancer” and called a third independent medical organization to participate “said on Twitter.