Liu Xiaobo

Liu Xiaobo Photo Exhibtion: Professor to Prize to Prisoner

The Laogai Museum is featuring a special photo exhibition documenting the life of Dr. Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波) from his days as a professor, protester during the Tiananmen Square democratic movement, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, to his current imprisonment, for which he's serving an 11-year sentence. 

Here is a sampling of the images from his life. 


Student at Jilin University

Lawyer Charged With Inciting Subversion of the State as Crackdown Continues

Chinese authorities charged lawyer Tang Jingling with “inciting subversion of the state.” Tang has represented villagers fighting local corruption and land expropriation. He also founded a nonviolent civil disobedience organization in 2006. Following his detention last month, Tang was initially charged with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” Charging Tang with the more serious charge of “inciting subversion of the state” indicates that authorities intend to issue a lengthy prison term.

US Secretary of State Urges China to Release Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia

In a statement released Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Chinese government to release Nobel Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia.

Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to eleven years in jail on charges of “inciting subversion of the state” in response to his participation in the Charter 08 Manifesto, a document that urged the government to implement laws that protect rights outlined in the Chinese Constitution and permit independent political parties. His wife, Liu Xia, has been under house arrest since 2010.

Liu Xiaobo to Appeal Conviction

Liu Xiaobo's attorney, Mo Shaoping, announced plans to appeal Liu's 11-year prison sentence for "inciting subversion of the state." Liu's 2009 arrest and conviction stemmed from his tireless work advocating for constitutionalism and rule-of-law reforms, including his participation in Charter 08, a document that called on the Chinese government to permit the existence of independent political parties and uphold civil rights protections enshrined in its own constitution.