Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, China’s most prominent dissident, has died aged 61, officials say.
The human rights and democracy activist was being treated for terminal liver cancer in a hospital in north-eastern China.
He had been transferred from prison last month, where he was serving an 11-year term for “subversion”.
A university professor turned rights campaigner, Mr Liu was branded a criminal by the authorities.
The leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee which awards the prize says the Chinese government bears a heavy responsibility for his death.
Berit Reiss-Anderssen said:“We find it deeply disturbing that Liu Xiaobo was not transferred to a facility where he could receive adequate
medical treatment before he became terminally ill.”