Chinese Leader Xi Jinping: Release Imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo and Wife Liu Xia
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Chinese Consulate to France
Zhang Guobin
Chinese Consulate to Germany
Wang Shunqing
Chinese Consulate to Italy
Liang Hui
Chinese Consulate to Spain
Yan Banghua
Chinese Ambassador to the US
Zhang Yesui
Chinese Ambassador to Australia
Chen Yuming
Chinese Ambassador to Canada
Zhang Junsai
Chinese Ambassador to Mexico
Zeng Gang
Chinese Ambassador to Japan
Cheng Yonghua
Chinese Leader Xi Jinping
Chinese Ambassador to the UK
Liu Xiaoming

Chinese Leader Xi Jinping: Release Imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo and Wife Liu Xia

    1. Desmond Tutu
    2. Petition by

      Desmond Tutu

      South Africa

Liu Xiaobo is a prominent Chinese intellectual, democracy activist, and the world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. As a fellow Nobel laureate, I am asking you to stand with me and more than 134 other Nobel Laureates in demanding Chinese leader Xi Jinping release Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia, who is under house arrest.

Dr. Liu, a long-time rights activist, received an 11-year prison sentence in 2009 after he helped write Charter ’08, a political manifesto, which promoted peaceful democratic reform and called for greater respect for fundamental human rights in China and an end to one party rule. After arresting Dr. Liu, police held him without charge or access to an attorney for six months. At trial, the government prevented Dr. Liu’s wife, foreign diplomats, and the press from attending.

On October 8, 2010, the Norwegian Nobel Committee took the bold step of awarding Dr. Liu its Peace Prize in recognition of his “long and non-violent struggle for fundamental rights in China.”

Instead of celebrating a great award bestowed on one of its citizens, Chinese police placed Dr. Liu’s wife, Liu Xia, under house arrest without any charges or legal due process, and they prevented diplomats and journalists from meeting with her.

Two years later, both Dr. Liu and Liu Xia remain in detention. Despite the United Nations saying Dr. Liu’s imprisonment and Liu Xia’s house arrest violate international law, the government continues to close them off from the outside world.

This flagrant violation of the basic right to due process and free expression must be publicly and forcefully confronted by the international community. That is why I and 134 of my fellow Nobel Laureates joined together to call for their immediate and unconditional release.

Join us by signing this petition to incoming Chinese leader Xi Jinping. We are confident that your participation will send a clear message to the Chinese government that the continued detention of the world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and his wife—in clear violation of their rights to freedom of expression and due process of law—will not be tolerated by the international community. Join us in letting China’s new leadership know that fundamental human rights must be respected everywhere.

It’s time to release Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia.

Desmond M. Tutu
Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 300,000 signatures
    2. Washington Post: Liu Xiaobo’s wife describes his imprisonment

      Randall Smith
      Petition Organizer

      After more than two years of house arrest and government-imposed silence, the wife of China’s imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo on Thursday talked to reporters who snuck in to see her during an apparent lunch break by the guards watching her apartment.

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    3. AP: Detained China Nobel Wife Speaks Out

      Randall Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Liu Xia trembled uncontrollably and cried Thursday as she described how her confinement under house arrest has been absurd and emotionally draining in the two years since her jailed activist husband, Liu Xiaobo, was named a Nobel Peace laureate in 2010.

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    4. Reached 150,000 signatures
    5. Nobel laureates urge China to free Liu Xiaobo

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director
      Nobel laureates urge China to free Liu Xiaobo

      A group of 134 Nobel laureates including the Dalai Lama and author Toni Morrison have written to the Chinese Communist party chief and president-elect, Xi Jinping, urging that he release detained peace prizewinner Liu Xiaobo and his wife. Liu, a veteran dissident involved in 1989 pro-democracy protests crushed by the Chinese army, won the prize in 2010.

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures



    Dec 05, 2012

    We signed! RT @jmvilla2: Desmond Tutu has started change(dot)org petition to free Liu Xiaobo, from the Ai Weiwei doc.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Kaya Almari NEW YORK, NY
      • 3 months ago
    • Harold Peters SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      All people must be born free. The big question these Chinese government must ask themselves, " If the shoe was on the other foot!"

    • Rod Smith AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      Because you are causing your country more harm than good doing that.

    • John Jager SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      I really dislike injustice. Evil prevailing against good! It's quite sickening to me. Decent folk like this couple and they go and do such a thing. How on earth did these leaders ever get seen as 'great' I don't know!!!

    • Sean Henasey SWIFTWATER, PA
      • 3 months ago

      This petition is of utmost importance to myself and many others because unlawful detention of peaceful activists is an archaic method of government which prevents not only China, but all countries where this practice occurs from evolving and incorporating into a global society of freedom and peace. China fancies itself an important member of the international community but as long as its totalitarian regime prevents its citizens from peacefully expressing their desire for change it should be shunned by the rest of the globe. Xi Jinping and other leading members of the CCP harbor a mistaken view of the relationship between the citizen and the state. They warp historical philosophies of Communism and Confucianism in order to construe the average Chinese as being subservient to those in power. In reality, the people ARE the state, not the few political successors of Mao who hold power. Since the days of the Cultural Revolution and Tiananmen Square protests the CCP has continually shamed itself with the blood and imprisonment of the common man and activists like Liu Xiaobo alike. They want to keep the people "quiet" and underrepresented so that the State's pollution-driven economic machine can prosper on the backs of ordinary Chinese. Liu Xiaobo is a much braver man than I for sacrificing his freedom for the sake of democracy and the country he loves. Hopefully by petitions like this we can help his cause and show Xi Jinping and his cronies that Liu Xiaobo, not Chairman Mao, is a true Chinese hero.


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