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Replica of Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Peace Prize medal delivered to Chinese Embassy in London

December 10, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Chinese, Uighur & Tibetan Solidarity UK
9 December 2010

Chinese, Uighur & Tibetan Solidarity UK calls for the release of Liu Xiaobo and all prisoners of conscience held by the Chinese Government

Today, on the eve of Human Rights Day, a giant Nobel Peace Prize medal was delivered to the Chinese Embassy in London, to highlight the continued imprisonment of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Liu Xiaobo, and thousands of other prisoners of conscience across China.

As well as delivering the medal, Chinese, Uighur and Tibetan Solidarity UK (CUTS UK) sent a letter to the Chinese Ambassador, calling on the Chinese government to immediately release Liu Xiaobo, release all prisoners of conscience in China, Tibet and East Turkestan, and to uphold the rights and freedoms of its citizens as guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Fabian Hamilton, MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, added his support to the demands issued by CUTS UK, saying, “On the eve of Human Rights Day and the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony I call upon the Chinese government to release Liu Xiaobo, a defender of human rights and promoter of democracy, and to release all prisoners of conscience. Over the past 20 years we have seen dramatic changes in China's economic development, much of which has been positive for both China and the rest of the world. Now it is time for the Chinese government to apply the same rigour and effort to improving its human rights record. I support the demands issued today by Chinese, Uighur Tibetan Solidarity UK and I also call on the British government to support processes in China which will bring about real democracy for all the citizens of China and freedoms for the people of China, Tibet and East Turkestan.”

A statement from CUTS UK was read out on the steps of the Chinese Embassy echoing Liu Xiaobo’s call for freedom and democracy in China, and urging the Chinese government to stop violating the human rights of those under its control. (The statement is copied in full below.)

Photos from the event can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tibetsociety/sets/72157625437165291/

For further details please contact:
Paul Golding: 020 7272 1414, staff@tibetsociety.com

Available for interview:
Shao Jiang (Chinese): 07961 948 852
Karma Chura-Tsang (Tibetan): 07725 501 995


Chinese, Uighur & Tibetan Solidarity UK opposes the tyrannical rule of the Chinese Communist Party and upholds the values of freedom, human rights and democracy.

Chinese, Uighur & Tibetan Solidarity UK is made up of the following organisations: Chinese Solidarity Campaign, Federation for Democratic China, Friends of Tiananmen Mothers, Students for a Free Tibet UK, Tibetan Community in Britain, Tibet Society, Tibetan Youth UK, Uighur Association and Uighur Community UK.

More information: CUTS UK on facebook - search for Chinese, Uighur & Tibetan Solidarity UK, or email cuts.uk@gmail.com

Chinese, Uighur & Tibetan Solidarity UK statement

Two years ago, on 10 December 2008, a brave group of scholars and activists inside the People's Republic of China published Charter 08; a groundbreaking document demanding human rights and democracy. In response, the Chinese government detained, harassed or placed under house arrest the majority of the signatories.

On 10 December 2010, Liu Xiaobo, one of the key authors of Charter 08, will be awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. However, Liu will not receive his award in person as the Chinese government has sentenced him to 11 years imprisonment on charges of “inciting subversion of state power”. Liu Xiaobo’s ‘crime’ was his expression of his opinions and beliefs, freedoms which are guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Following the recent release of Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, China is now the only country to have a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in detention.

Liu Xiaobo’s incarceration is part of the Chinese government’s wide-scale crackdown on human rights defenders, which has resulted in the arbitrary detention, disappearance and increased surveillance on thousands of dissidents and intellectuals across China, Tibet and East Turkestan.

Currently thousands of prisoners of conscience in the People’s Republic of China face torture and inhumane treatment on a daily basis simply for speaking out against occupation, oppression and human rights violations. Amongst them are Dhondup Wangchen, a Tibetan film-maker serving a six-year prison sentence for directing a documentary about the realities of life in Tibet; and Nurmemet Yasin, a Uighur writer serving a ten-year prison sentence for a short story that was interpreted as critical of China’s rule.

Today, on the eve of Human Rights Day, Chinese, Uighur and Tibetan Solidarity UK:

• calls for the release of Liu Xiaobo and all prisoners of conscience held by the Chinese government;

• echoes the demand for freedom that Liu Xiaobo and his fellow activists made two years ago, and urges the Chinese government to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and to change its domestic laws to conform with the standards established in the Covenant;

• calls on governments and leaders around the world to not only make human rights a top priority in any engagement with the Chinese leadership, but to publicly state their solidarity with Liu Xiaobo, human rights defenders and the Chinese, Uighur and Tibetan peoples.

• calls on the international community to stand up, speak out and uphold the universality and integrity of human rights and ensure the Universal Declaration of Human Rights remains the standard by which world citizens can expect to live by.

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