Since the Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court issued a guilty verdict and 11-year sentence to Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波) for the crime of “inciting subversion of state power” on December 25, 2009, the international community has condemned the decision and its negative impact on the universal right of freedom of expression.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay issued a statement of concern that the decision “represents a serious setback for the protection and promotion of human rights in China.” A number of governments, including the U.S., EU, and Canadian governments, have also issued statements of concern. Human rights groups have widely denounced the harsh sentencing of Liu Xiaobo for exercising rights protected under the Chinese constitution and international law. In addition, some of the witnesses cited in the court decision have since challenged the statements attributed to them.
HRIC’s English translation of the verdict appears below, and the original PDF (1.2MB) of the verdict is available online.
For HRIC news commentary on the Liu Xiaobo verdict, see:
For more information on direct actions this week by groups in New York and Los Angeles in support of Liu Xiaobo, see:
- “Writers Rally for Release of Liu Xiaobo,” organized by PEN American Center, December 31, 2009, 11:00 a.m., front steps of New York Public Library
- New York and Los Angeles Protests of 11-year sentence for Liu Xiaobo, December 29, 2009<
For more information about Liu Xiaobo and Charter 08, see:
- “Liu Xiaobo’s Guilty Verdict and 11-Year Sentence Send Message of Zero Tolerance for Universal Human Rights,” December 25, 2009
- “What Constitutes Liu Xiaobo’s ‘Incitement to Subvert State Power’?,” December 23, 2009
- Ding Zilin “The Dirtiest of Political Trials,” December 23, 2009
- “Ding Zilin Urges Charter 08 Signers to ‘Join’ Liu Xiaobo’s Trial," December 18, 2009
- “HRIC Strongly Condemns the Formal Arrest of Liu Xiaobo by Chinese Authorities,” June 24, 2009
- “Chinese Authorities Continue to Suppress Charter 08; Number of Signers Exceeds 7,200,” January 9, 2009
- “Independent Scholars Detained: Start of 2009 Crackdown?” December 9, 2008
- Charter 08, translation by Human Rights in China, December 9, 2008
- “Rights Crackdown Intensifies a Month before the Games,” July 8, 2008
- “Chinese Scholars and Activists Demand Equality for Migrant Workers in China,” February 14, 2008