By: Christie Chen and Elaine Hou
Taipei, July 13 (CNA) Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波), China’s most famous political prisoner and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, died on Thursday at the age of 61 after battling liver cancer, Chinese authorities confirmed.
Liu, who had late-stage liver cancer, died of multiple organ failures, according to the justice bureau of Shenyang City.
The Nobel laureate was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer in May and was granted medical parole for treatment at the First Hospital of China Medical University in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang the following month. His condition had deteriorated quickly since then, with the hospital suspending targeted therapy last week.
The Chinese government had come under fire for refusing to allow Liu to travel abroad for treatment, despite calls from human rights activists, foreign governments, as well as Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, for China to do so.
The pro-democracy advocate was jailed in 2009 for co-authoring a manifesto — Charter 08 — calling for sweeping political reforms in China. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power.” [FULL STORY]