Free Liu Xiaobo Now!

A protester for the freedom of Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo outside the Chinese Embassy in Oslo, Norway, December 9, 2010

Today, as we gather in Oslo for the award ceremony of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, we take note, with surprise and regret, of the Chinese government’s foolish responses to the granting of this distinguished prize to Dr. Liu Xiaobo. These responses—which have included restricting the freedom of movement of Liu Xiaobo’s family and prohibiting Chinese citizens from expressing their congratulations—are examples of serious government abuses of universal human rights.