FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 21, 2017
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MUST TURN PRINCIPLES INTO ACTIONS AND CALL FOR RELEASE OF LIU XIA
The administration achieved the release of three American college basketball players, but Liu Xia is still held under “house arrest” and needs medical treatment
Liu Xia, widow of murdered Chinese poet, dissident, and Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo, is languishing under house arrest in Beijing. Liu Xia has been detained and surveilled in her own home since her husband’s conviction and imprisonment in 2010. After Liu Xiaobo’s death in July, he was buried at sea against Liu Xia’s wishes. She was held incommunicado by Chinese state security for months. During the 19th Party Congress, she removed from her home and held in the Chinese countryside.
Friends and relatives testify that Liu Xia is suffering immense emotional pain and depression; her mental and physical ailments require appropriate medical treatment. She will not receive this treatment in the country whose communist regime medically assassinated her husband. Activists, lawyers, authors, and political leaders across the world have demanded Liu Xia be freed and allowed to leave China. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation calls on the Trump administration to make Liu Xia’s release, and advocacy for the many other prisoners of conscience, its top priority in dealing with the People’s Republic of China.
VOC Executive Director Marion Smith offered the following statement: “President Donald J. Trump declared November 7th the National Day for the Victims of Communism. We implore President Trump and his administration to live up to the principles espoused in that statement and take up the cause of Liu Xia and all Chinese citizens who have suffered fundamental human rights abuses at the hands of the regime.”
He added: “Liu Xiaobo is the first Nobel Peace Prize laureate to die in captivity since the Nazi regime murdered peace advocate Carl von Ossietzky in 1938. The world spoke with one voice demanding that Liu Xiaobo be released, and the regime of Xi Jinping refused. President Trump and members of his cabinet worked to secure Liu Xiaobo’s freedom. Why has this administration not publicly demanded that the Chinese Communist Party cease persecuting the widow of a murdered dissident?”
“Liu Xiaobo died a hero, not only to the Chinese people but to all people who stand up for the cause of liberty. Before his death, he had one last wish: that his wife, Liu Xia, be allowed to live freely and happily. We call on President Trump, as the leader of the Free World, to turn American principles into American actions and work to free Liu Xia from Beijing’s clutches—before it is too late.”
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is a Washington-based, non-profit educational and human rights organization devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes. VOC was authorized by an unanimous act of Congress on December 17, 1993 and signed by President Bill Clinton.
To request an interview with Marion Smith, please contact Frank Schembari at [email protected].