Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Calls for Immediate Release of Liu Xiaobo
This is an update to this post from earlier today.
I’ve been waiting all day for this and I am so glad Secretary Clinton has spoken out about the continued repression of democracy activists in China:
I applaud the Nobel Committee’s decision to award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo. Throughout its history, the Peace Prize has often been used to recognize the heroism of those who have, through persistent and peaceful efforts, sought to build a world that is more fair and free.
Mr. Liu has been a consistent advocate for fundamental freedoms and human rights for his fellow citizens and for peaceful political reform. Mr. Liu’s work, including his role in the drafting of Charter ’08, and his receipt of this honor highlight the fact that while China has made tremendous economic progress in the last three decades, political reform has lagged behind. As I said in Krakow this summer, governments should recognize the constructive role that citizens such as Liu Xiaobo play. We urge China to uphold its international human rights obligations and to respect the fundamental freedoms and human rights of all Chinese citizens. We reiterate our call for Liu Xiaobo’s immediate release from prison.
I can imagine that Secretary Clinton’s statement must be a source of hope for Liu Xiaobo’s wife and family, and all the thousands of political/religious prisoners being held by the regime in China.
Will this upset China? Of course it will. But honestly, what doesn’t? China is not a democracy and we should never forget that. Just because their ruling elite have traded in their olive-drab military garb for $10,000 suits doesn’t change the fact they imprison and torture nonviolent activists with impunity. And the fact that we have become economically beholden to them jeopardizes not only our economic future, but our national security.