In a press release today issued by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, three UN independent experts expressed concerns over the crackdown on human rights defenders since Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize two months ago. Liu was not allowed to leave China to accept his award in Oslo on Friday.
According to the experts “Since 8 October 2010, we have received reports of over 20 arrests or detentions of human rights defenders, and over 120 other cases of house arrests, including Liu Xiaobo’s wife, Liu Xia, travel restrictions, forced relocations, acts of intimidation, and blocking of means of communication, including removal of content on the Internet regarding the Nobel Peace Prize. ”
They further urged: “We call upon the Government of the People’s Republic of China to take all the necessary steps to put an end to these restrictions and reiterate our appeal to release all persons detained for peacefully exercising their fundamental rights, including Liu Xiaobo,” and called upon China to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.