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Liu Xia — Update 12

Liu Xia Appears in New Video

As reported by the New York Times and other sources, a video surfaced last week showing photographer and poet Liu Xia, the widow of Liu Xiaobo, speaking for the first time since her husband’s death. See “Missing Widow of China’s Nobel Laureate, Liu Xiaobo, Surfaces in Video” by Chris Buckley, NYT, August 19, 2017.

Buckley writes,

[Liu Xia] has resurfaced for the first time since [Liu Xiaobo’s] death in a brief online video pleading for privacy and time to recover from her grief.

But many supporters of Liu Xia … said the video of just over one minute appeared to have been made by Chinese security authorities who have kept Ms. Liu under secretive guard, cut off from family and friends.

In the video, which appeared on YouTube on Friday, Ms. Liu said in a weak, rasping, halting voice that she was away from Beijing and still recovering from the death of her husband, who was 61. Mr. Liu’s liver cancer was disclosed only after it was too late for real hope of a cure.

“Please give me time to grieve, give me time to recover psychologically,” Ms. Liu said in what appeared to be the living room of a home in a lush part of China. “Xiaobo treated life and death with equanimity, and I also need to straighten myself out. I’ll be with you again after I’ve made an overall improvement.”

No one has claimed credit for the video.

But it first appeared on a YouTube channel that has issued only videos echoing Chinese government views.

Liu Xia — Update 11

Liu Xia remains a prisoner of the People’s Republic of China, which has held held her captive and incommunicado for the past eight years. […]

Liu Xia — Update 10

On July 25, 2017, Florida’s Republican Senator Marco Rubio published an open letter to Liu Xia in Time magazine. Issued in his official capacity as an elected official, Rubio’s letter is a public document, and I republish it here as such. […]

Liu Xia — Update 9

Liu Xia remains a prisoner of the People’s Republic of China, which has held held her captive and incommunicado for the past eight years. […]

Liu Xia — Update 8

Chinese poet, dissident, and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo died of acute liver cancer on Thursday, July 13, 2017 while in police custody. […]

Liu Xia — Update 7

Liu Xia on June 21 authorized Beijing lawyers Mo Shaoping and Shang Baojun to prepare a legal petition to reopen the case against her imprisoned husband, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo, and provide him with a new trial. Shang said Liu Xia also intended to initiate a lawsuit against the Beijing police for illegally keeping her under house arrest and incommunicado since October 2010. […]

Liu Xia Exhibition — Update 6

The arrest of Liu Xia’s younger brother, Liu Hui, in Beijing in late January of this year was followed in March by an indictment on charges of financial fraud. After a summary trial, Liu Hui was found guilty by a panel of three judges and, on June 9, given an unusually harsh sentence of 11 years in prison ― not coincidentally, the same length of time that Liu Xia’s husband, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo, currently serves. Knowledgeable observers consider this verdict to constitute official retribution. […]

Liu Xia Exhibition — Update 5

Liu Xia’s younger brother, Liu Hui, has been arrested and formally charged with fraud in Beijing. The charges relate to a real-estate dispute that resolved out of court months ago. Most observers take this as a transparent act of intimidation, and retaliation for two recent unauthorized visits to Liu Xia by small groups of her supporters. […]

Liu Xia Exhibition — Update 4

December 28, 2012 is the birthday of the Chinese Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, who is still in prison now. Several netizens, Hu Jia, Hao Jian, Liu Di, Xu Youyu and etc, who are friends of Liu Xiaobo came to visit his wife Liu Xia at around 9pm. Liu Xia has been under house detention since Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to imprisonment in 2008. The flash mob action is to express their wish for her freedom. […]

Liu Xia Exhibition — Update 3

Either accidentally or on purpose, the guards who for two years have kept Liu Xia from leaving her apartment, and kept visitors (including press) from entering her home, inexplicably stepped away for several hours during the lunch period on December 6. This enabled two intrepid Associated Press reporters to enter the apartment and record Liu Xia’s first interview in 26 months. […]