Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo died

Liu Xiaobo, one of China’s most famous pro-democracy advocates and political prisoners, just died in Chinese custody at a hospital. He was 61. He is the first Nobel Peace Prize winner to die in state custody since the days of Nazi Germany

The Chinese people, who have endured human rights disasters and uncountable struggles across these same years, now include many who see clearly that freedom, equality, and human rights are universal values of humankind and that democracy and constitutional government are the fundamental framework for protecting these values.

By departing from these values, the Chinese government’s approach to “modernization” has proven disastrous. It has stripped people of their rights, destroyed their dignity, and corrupted normal human intercourse. So we ask: Where is China headed in the twenty-first century?

[A prominent Tibetan monk has died in a Chinese prison after 13 years in jail, his family and rights groups say. Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, 65, was serving a 20-year jail sentence on separatism and terror charges, after being convicted of involvement in a 2002 bomb attack in Chengdu. Tenzin Delek had denied the charges, calling them politically motivated. The US, EU and rights groups had criticised his sentence at the time and called for his release.]

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