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China subjects woman to house arrest, apparently only to prevent her from commenting on husband’s Nobel award

Oct 11, 2010 China subjects woman to house arrest, apparently only to prevent her from commenting on husband’s Nobel award

On several occasions I have blogged about the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and its crushing aftermath.   

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Liu Xiabo, who was imprisoned over Tiananmen even though he disagreed materially with the approach of the Tiananmen Square protest leaders.

Apparently banking on people worldwide being less interested in human rights than in China’s natural resources, huge market for exports and imports, and critical geopolitical position, the Chinese government continues on its human-rights-crushing path. For instance, just recently journalists visited the home of the imprisoned Liu Xiabo’s wife, Liu Xia, only to be told they would not be permitted contact without being summoned from a resident of the  building. However, Liu Xia reported by Twitter (at @liuxia64?) that she does not have phone access, which makes it difficult for her to summon any visitors at her gate.

Liu Xia is under house arrest for no other possible reason, apparently, than that her husband has won the Nobel Prize and that the Chinese government is steaming over the award.

Please express your disagreement with Liu Xiaobo’s continued detention and his wife’s house arrest by amailing and snail-mailing China’s ambassador to your country, your country’s ambassador to China, China’s leadership; and to international corporations entrenched in China’s economy, regardless of the Chinese government’s human rights violations (the list of corporations is huge, including probably just about every major computer-manufacturing and electronics company).  

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