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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has died, Chinese government says


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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has died, Chinese government says

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.”