Trial Verdict of Chinese Activist Liu Xiaobo

Press Statement
Mark C. Toner
Acting Spokesman, Office of Press Relations
Washington, DC
December 24, 2009

The United States was deeply concerned to learn that well-known Chinese democracy activist Liu Xiaobo was found guilty of “incitement to subvert state power.” We also were concerned that requests by Mr. Liu’s wife, the U.S. Embassy and other diplomatic missions to attend the trial were denied. Punishing people for peacefully expressing their political views violates the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which China has signed.

Mr. Liu has already spent a year in detention while Chinese authorities carried out the investigation of his case. As we have expressed repeatedly, we call on the Government of China to release him immediately and to respect the rights of all Chinese citizens to peacefully express their political views.

PRN: 2009/1315