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'I live like a plant': Nobel Peace Prize laureate's widow

2017/12/10 21:02:44

Image taken from the Facebook page of Liao Yiwu (廖亦武)/(

Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) A recent letter written by the widow of the late Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波) indicates that she is suffering from severe depression as she is under house arrest in Beijing.

In a letter to the 2009 Nobel Literature Prize Laureate Herta Mueller, Liu Xia (劉霞) wrote a poem in Chinese, saying that she talks to herself because she cannot leave and is on the verge of insanity.

"I have no right to speak, Speak loudly, I live like a plant, I lie like a corpse," wrote Liu Xia, who is a poet, painter and photographer.

The letter was posted Saturday on the Facebook page of Chinese dissident writer Liao Yiwu (廖亦武), who lives in Germany.

In the post Liao called for governments, human rights groups and advocates in western democratic countries like Germany, the United States, France and the United Kingdom, to continue to negotiate with China for Liu's freedom.

On the basis of humanity and the law, Liao said, he hopes the Chinese government will release Liu Xia, whom he said has no criminal record and is suffering from severe depression.

Last week, a group of activists in Hong Kong took to the streets to call for the release of Liu, 56, who has been under house arrest since her husband died of multiple organ failure in July.

Liu Xiaobo was arrested and sentenced to prison for participating in the signing of the "Charter 08" manifesto, which was published in December 2008 to promote judicial independence, protection of human rights, freedom of speech, religious freedom and other rights.

China's most famous political prisoner, Liu Xiaopo won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

(By Feng Chao and Elizabeth Hsu)