October 25th, 2010
07:21 PM ET

Nobel laureates call for 2010 peace prize winner's release

A group of Nobel laureates sent a letter Monday to the leaders of the G-20, requesting their help in calling for the release of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, a leading Chinese dissident.

Liu is serving an 11-year prison term after repeatedly calling for human rights and democratization. His wife, Liu Xia, was placed under house arrest after the Nobel Committee announced her husband as the winner earlier this month.

The letter - signed by 15 Nobel laureates, including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu - urged the leaders while at next month's G-20 summit to "personally impress upon Chinese President Hu Jintao that the release of Dr. Liu would not only be welcome, but is necessary."

They also called on them to ask the Chinese government to release Liu Xia from her house arrest and "enable her to communicate freely with whomever she wishes." Since her house arrest, Liu Xia's communication with the outside world has largely been cut off, prompting protests from human rights organizations.


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  1. mary adkins

    It bothers me that the United States or any country cannot pressure China to end its human rights abuses!

    October 25, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Venkman

      Good idea.

      October 26, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Gilbert

    I agree with Mary.

    October 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Venkman

      There's something very important I forgot to tell you

      October 26, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. sarai carpio

    we should ask our goverment how is it that with our next door neighbor cuba we do not have commercial relations, yet with the chinese regime which is worse in the treatment of any one who disagrees with them not only we have commercial relations with them but more like a dependency of them, sorry I forgot that they are the source of almost everything that we buy as consumers so basicly, we have to desagree with them or else.

    October 26, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Venkman

      Listen... do you smell something?

      October 26, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jim Brieske

    Before the end of 4 generations from now, our street signs will be in Chinese with English written below.

    October 26, 2010 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Venkman

      Total protonic reversal.

      October 26, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jim Brieske

    Our street signs written in Chinese reflects a successful Chinese invasion. Of course there is more to it. All our females of birth age will bare Chinese looking children.
    This is what happens when you do business with a country 5 times your size and allow them to produce the goods you consume. This results in them loaning you your own money while they plan far ahead, secretly implementing a way to get a large number of superior armed and highly trained soldiers here.
    This is why we should be drilling for oil EVERYWHERE IT EXISTS. At the same time producing solar power. Meanwhile lowering our tax rate for manufacturing companies to 0 percent. Retrieving them from China and other countries.
    But most importantly China.
    They greatly outnumber us.

    October 26, 2010 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Venkman

      Are you the Keymaster?

      October 26, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |