Sending Office: Honorable Christopher H. Smith
Liu Xiaobo was China’s most prominent democracy advocate and political prisoner. Liu Xiaobo died in July of this year from late stage liver cancer. He was in the midst of serving an 11 year prison term for
“inciting subversion of state power”, in part for his role in Charter 08, a document calling for human rights and political reform. He was the first Nobel Peace Prize laureate to die in state custody since Carl Von Ossietzky, who died after being detained
in a Nazi concentration camp in 1937.
The Chinese government has taken extraordinary steps to censor Liu Xiaobo’s legacy and silence peaceful voices for political reform and human rights. After Liu Xiaobo’s death, the government scattered his ashes
at sea, so his grave site would not become a place of pilgrimage, jailed those commemorating him, and disappeared his wife, Liu Xia, who was previously detained since 2010 at her home.
The United States and the international community owe Liu Xiaobo a debt of gratitude because he demonstrated that ideas of democracy and due process, liberty and the rule of law, and human rights and justice
are not foreign to the people of China. Liu Xiaobo was a champion for the idea that these universal principles would lead to a more peaceful and prosperous future for China and better U.S.-China relations.
Join us in co-sponsoring H.R. 3960 that will recognize Liu Xiaobo’s contributions to peace and global understanding of China and acknowledge that the ideas he articulated, of freedom, democracy, and human rights,
continue to inspired millions in China and around the world.
To co-sponsor, please contact Paul Protic (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China or Reva Price (email@example.com)
in the office of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
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