China Bears Responsibility for Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo’s Death — Nobel Committee

OSLO — The Chinese government bears a heavy responsibility for the death of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, the leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which awards the prize, said on Thursday.

“We find it deeply disturbing that Liu Xiaobo was not transferred to a facility where he could receive adequate medical treatment before he became terminally ill,” said Berit Reiss-Andersen.

“The Chinese Government bears a heavy responsibility for his premature death,” she told Reuters in an emailed statement.

(Corrects spelling of committee leader’s last name in second para.)

(Reporting by Gwladys Fouche; Editing by Gareth Jones)

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo

In Absentia
On December 10, 2010, Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize but wasn’t allowed to attend the ceremony. Instead, Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland put the diploma on his empty chair. It was the first time in 74 years the award wasn’t handed over: in 1936, Adolf Hitler prevented German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky from accepting his Nobel. Credit TOBY MELVILLE / REUTERS

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