Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Liu Xia: Nobel laureate's widow allowed to leave China for Europe

Liu Xia: Nobel laureate's widow allowed to leave China for Europe

Liu was believed to be reluctant to leave China over the safety of her family.

A poet, a painter, and a photographer herself, Liu Xia's writings are inward-looking, wrote Ian Johnson, noting that her poems are laden with symbols associated with the struggles of dissidents in China, such as birds and the empty chair that has come to to represent Liu Xiaobo.

The United Nations, United States, European Union and other foreign governments and groups have urged China to lift restrictions on Liu Xia's movements.

It's been nearly a year since Nobel peace prize victor, writer, and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo passed away of liver cancer in custody in China, with Beijing rejecting pleas for the dissident to be allowed to travel overseas for treatment.

Her friends say her inability to leave her home has taken a toll on her mental health, especially following her husband's death.

Her departure, following a year of pressure on the government from activists and worldwide human rights organizations, comes at the end of a visit to Germany by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Thanks to everyone who has helped and cared for her these few years.

Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo, has left China and is on a plane out of the country, according to a friend familiar with the situation. Her brother, Liu Hui, posted on WeChat that his sister had flown to Europe to "start her new life".

"I hope she can shake off all the unhappy memories of the past when she gets to a free place, and that her health can be assured".

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Despite a diagnosis of late stage liver cancer and calls from the worldwide community to release him for urgent medical treatment, Liu Xiaobo died at the age of 61 while still imprisoned on July 13, 2017.

Hua said she "could not see any link" between Liu Xia's departure and the high-level Chinese visit.

"It is wonderful news that Liu Xia is finally free and that her persecution and illegal detention at the hands of the Chinese authorities has come to an end, almost one year since Liu Xiaobo's untimely and undignified death".

She was cut off from friends and family at her home in Beijing, with guards preventing a Sky crew from visiting.

Liu Xiaobo died of liver cancer in July 2017 in Chinese custody, having been jailed in 2009 for inciting subversion.

Memorial events to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Liu Xiaobo's death on Friday are planned in cities around the world including Hong Kong, Taipei and Berlin.

Patrick Poon from Amnesty International said it was "really wonderful that Liu Xia is finally able to leave China after suffering so much all these years".

Diplomats have said that authorities had continued to monitor Ms Liu after the death of her husband and she had only been able to meet and speak to friends and family in pre-arranged phone calls and visits.

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