Lawyer accuses China of “forced disappearance” of deceased Nobel laureate
Liu Xia, the late widow of Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, may be subjected to forced disappearance, according to the prosecutor of the couple.
The Human Rights Ombudsman in Washington DC, Jared Genser, today reported in Beijing a formal complaint to the United Nations, reports The Guardian, calling Beijing’s treatment of its client, a “new cure to worry about.”
The death of Liu Xia is currently unknown, weeks after the death of Liu Xiaobo, the first Nobel Prize for deaths in custody since the German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky died in 1938 of a prisoner of a concentration camp.
Her last public appearance was published on July 15 by Chinese state officials, who attended a funeral and burial of her maritime husband, whose ashes were scattered in the waters off the northeast coast of China.
According to The Guardian, friends Liu Xia said he had to go south-west of the country, but is likely to return to Beijing, where he was controlled home from the 2010 Liu Xiaobo Nobel reception.
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Liu Xiaobo died of terminal liver cancer less than a month after being transferred from jail to a hospital for treatment.
An 11-year sentence was served by “inciting subversion against state power,” a charge in connection with a written request in 2008 asking the Communist Party to allow democracy and human rights in China. Despite constant monitoring of the situation and house arrest, Liu Xia has never been charged with crimes.
Genser called for an “urgent intervention” by the U.N. On forced or involuntary disappearances. “It is clear to me that what happened to Liu Xia falls directly and unequivocally,” as defined by the forced disappearance of the U.N. He told the Guardian. The move is expected to force China to allow Liu Xia to restore public space and finally to leave China and the Guardian.