‘If President Xi now decides he wants to keep Liu Xiaobo in China and silenced he will have to do so in the full view of the world knowing he is intentionally hastening his death.’
The News Lens
By: Edward White
The world is watching to see whether Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) allows
terminally ill democracy activist Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波) to leave China to receive treatment, Liu’s lawyer says.
The Chinese Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who has about three years of an 11-year sentence to serve, was visited in hospital yesterday by cancer specialists from Germany and the United States.
In a statement just released, the doctors say Liu and his family have requested that the remainder of his care be provided in Germany or the United States. While they have recommended Liu receive palliative supportive care, they also say additional options may exist, including interventional procedures and radiotherapy.
“It has been explained to me, to put things more bluntly, that the additional recommended treatments abroad could both extend Liu’s life by several weeks and also reduce the pain that he feels during his remaining days,” says Jared Genser, Liu’s Washington D.C.-based lawyer. [FULL STORY]