Mr. Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, has long been persisting on a non-violent approach to fight for human rights and call for political reform. Since the 1989 pro-democracy movement, he has lost his personal freedom for more than 12 years just for striving for China’s democracy and freedom. He has spent nearly 5,000 days in detention centers, labor camps and prisons. He gets 4 more years of incarceration ahead of him.
Mr. Liu Xiaobo was forcibly taken away on December 8th, 2008. On December 25th, 2009, because of his drafting “Charter 08″ and the subsequent petition movement, he was convicted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of the crime “inciting subversion of state power". He was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment. In 2010, he became the first Chinese dissident to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
Nobel Committee gave the following reasons why Mr. Liu Xiaobo was selected for the Peace Prize. Mr. Liu was honored for his “striving for a lasting and non-violent struggle for basic human rights in China. Even though he was in prison, Liu Xiaobo has become a symbol and monument of China’s human rights struggle." Not only does this praise affirming Xiaobo, but also affirming all those people who have been courageously fighting for democracy under the dictatorship of the CCP.
Until today, Xiaobo has been imprisoned for 7 years. We do not forget him, nor let the international community forget him. The Alliance launches the “Release Liu Xiaobo Photo Campaign”, and demands the CCP to release Liu XiaoBo immediately. Each photo represents a call and a force. We firmly believe that only could we join forces, we would bring the change!
Since 10th December the International Human Rights Day, The Alliance has already received more than 100 photos from China, Hong Kong and overseas. Today (17th December) we officially announced “Release Liu Xiaobo Photo Campaign”. We wish the CCP to release Mr. Liu Xiaobo immediately, and to implement what the “Charter 08” has advocated： freedom and democracy, judicial independence, human rights protection, freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
The photos we have received so far are come from： Tiananmen Mothers Group, some Hong Kong legislators, US Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, and Stanford University Professor Larry Diamond. The Tiananmen Mothers Group was unable to take pictures and so instead sending us 1) the 130-member petition list and 2) the 42 Victim Family list, entitled “The Tiananmen Mothers Group Called for the Release of Liu Xiaobo by the Chinese Government and the Full Protection of the Basic Human Rights of Chinese Citizens". They commission us to take photo on their behalf. They are grateful to the people of Hong Kong for their adherence to call for release of Liu Xiaobo, and this is something which can still be held in Hong Kong but not in Mainland China. For China’s tomorrow, we work hard altogether.
How to join 1. Download the campaign poster from the website http://bit.ly/freeliuxiaobo2016; 2. Take photo on the poster either in printed form or showing in the monitor screen; 3. Try various ways as to convey the “Release Liu Xiaobo" message in the photos; 4. Send back the photo by E-mail email@example.com or whatsapp / telegram 852-55907362.
釋放民運人士．平反八九民運．追究屠城責任．結束一黨專政．建設民主中國 Release the dissidents. Rehabilitate the 1989 pro-democracy movement. Demand accountability of the June 4th massacre. End one-party dictatorship. Build a democratic China.