Open Letter to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Nobel Peace Prize Committee
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Nobel Peace Prize Committee,
Today (30 August 2017) is the 49th day of the passing of Mr. Liu Xiaobo, which is called “Duan Qi” in Chinese custom. As per Chinese tradition, this is the day when the living would end the mourning for the death. We are writing this letter in the conviction that the international community can and must seek accountability for the death of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Chinese democratic activist Mr. Liu Xiaobo. Such demand for truth and accountability could help alleviate the deepening human right crisis in China.
Due to the following reasons, we think that the death of Mr. Liu Xiaobo was suspicious:
1. On 6 November 2015, Wang Hongbo, the Deputy Warden of Jinzhou Prison who was responsible for the medical matters of Mr. Liu Xiaobo, died from hanging at home in suspicious circumstances;
2. On 4 February 2017, the elder brother of Mr. Liu Xiaobo, Liu Xiaoguang revealed that Mr. Liu Xiaobo had undergone two CT scan in 2016, but the results were not released to Mr. Liu Xiaobo nor to his family. The Chinese authorities has never released the medical records of Mr. Liu Xiaobo during his detention to the outside world or to his family members;
3. On 26 June 2017, the news that Mr. Liu Xiaobo has terminal liver cancer was revealed to the public. He died only after 17 days on 13 July; such swift deterioration was highly unusual;
4. The Chinese Government had never allowed Mr. Liu Xiaobo nor his wife to contact the outside world, and intentionally stopped any free exchange of information between the couple and the outside world. Since the death of Mr. Liu Xiaobo, Liu Xia has been placed under house arrest again by the Chinese Government.
We believe that even if Mr. Liu Xiaobo was not intentionally murdered, the Chinese Government is under serious suspicion of hiding his conditions and delaying appropriate treatment.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mr. Liu Xiaobo was persecuted for his struggle for democracy and human rights, and died under suspicious circumstances. This is a humiliation for all the peace-loving people in the world. In view of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as representing the world’s common commitment to human dignity, and in view of the unavoidable moral responsibility of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee for Mr. Liu Xiaobo, we urge both the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to send in experts and organized an investigation committee to investigate the circumstances of Mr. Liu Xiaobo’s death, to request the cooperation of the relevant authorities of the Chinese Government in providing the health records of Mr. Liu Xiaobo while imprisoned, to thoroughly investigate into the cause of Mr. Liu Xiaobo’s rapid deterioration in health, and to seek accountability for any intentional concealment and delayed treatment.
Freedom for Liu Xiaobo Action Group is a volunteer group comprising of friends of Mr. Liu Xiaobo, signatories of Charter 08 and human rights activists. We work to seek accountability for the death of Mr. Liu Xiaobo, to work for the freedom of Ms. Liu Xia, and to succeed to the unfinished work of Mr. Liu Xiaobo in pushing for democratic change in China.