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100 kinesiske menneskerettsforkjempere har undertegnet et opprop til myndighetene om å løslate fredsprisvinner Liu Xiaobo.

A group of more than 100 Chinese activists have called for Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo to be released from prison.

In an open letter released Thursday and posted online, the activists asked the Chinese government to use «realism and reason» in response to Liu’s prize.

Liu, a 54-year-old literary critic, is serving an 11-year sentence after being convicted on charges of subversion, the stiffest sentence handed down to a dissident. He was arrested in December 2008 after co-writing a politically charged document that called for democratic reforms and the end of China’s one-party rule.

After Liu’s win was announced on Oct. 8, the Chinese government reacted angrily, calling him a criminal.

Liu’s wife Xia visited her husband in prison on Oct. 10 and told him of his win. She was subsequently placed under house arrest in her Beijing apartment.

On Oct. 13, a group of Chinese Communist Party elders issued a call for the end of the country’s restrictions on free speech.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/10/15/china-liu-xiaobo-activists-open-letter.html#ixzz12PnRaQh7