Liu Xiabo freed

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By Catherine Hardy  with AFP, THE GUARDIAN
Liu Xiabo freed

<p>China’s jailed Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiabo has been granted medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer.</p> <p>“He is now being treated at a hospital in Shenyang (in northeast Liaoning province). He has no special plans. He is just receiving medical treatment for his illness,” <strong>lawyer Mo Shaoping</strong> told reporters.</p> <p>The Chinese civil rights campaigner was diagnosed on May 23 and released days later.</p> <h3><strong>When was he given the Nobel prize?</strong></h3> <p>In 2010, while in the middle of serving an 11-year prison sentence for inciting subversion of state power.</p> <h3><strong>Why was he arrested?</strong></h3> <p>He wrote a pro-democracy manifesto called Charter 08. In it, he called for an end to one-party rule and urged improvements in human rights.</p> <h3><strong>Why did he get the Nobel?</strong></h3> <p>The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded him the prize for his “long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China” in 2010.</p> <p>Liu was unable to collect his prize in person, as he was in prison. He was represented by an empty chair.</p> <h3><strong>How did China react?</strong></h3> <p>Beijing was infuriated. Relations with Norway rapidly deteriorated.</p>