World leaders who were attending the G20 Summit should have pressed Chinese President Xi Jinping to immediately free the gravely ill Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, Human Rights Watch said today. China should have allowed Liu and his wife, Liu Xia, to freely choose whether to receive medical treatment in China or abroad. The G20 Summit of 20 major economies took place on July 7-8, 2017, in Hamburg, Germany.
FILE – In this Tuesday, June 27, 2017, file photo, protesters wear masks of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo during a demonstration demanding his release outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong, one day after his lawyer said Liu has been released on medical parole after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer. A friend of Liu says he doubts the government’s claims that the ailing dissident is too sick to leave the country in part because of a video in which Liu is described as being in “acceptable” condition. Whether Liu is able to travel is a question in negotiations for his possible release from a Chinese hospital. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)