We, the six women Nobel peace laureates of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, strongly urge the Chinese government to release Liu Xia, the widow of the late Chinese Nobel peace laureate, Liu Xiaobo.
Liu Xiaobo died of liver cancer after authorities denied him international medical treatment while a political prisoner in China. His widow, Liu Xia, has not been seen or heard from since his state-controlled funeral, leading the international community to believe that she is being illegally detained by China.
We are calling on Chinese authorities to immediately end the “enforced disappearance” of Liu Xia and allow her to leave the country as she had been promised. Her detention is unjust and unlawful. According to China itself, Liu is a free woman and should be allowed to travel freely and without harassment.
Mairead Maguire, Northern Ireland (1976)
Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Guatemala (1992)
Jody Williams, USA (1997)
Shirin Ebadi, Iran (2003)
Leymah Gbowee, Liberia (2011)
Tawakkol Karman, Yemen (2011)