Sunday, July 09, 2017

Liu Xiaobo's Prison



This is the gist of the Liu Xiaobo case:

"In 2008, Mr. Liu founded the Charter 08 movement, which sought to elevate the rule of law and bring China into constitutional government: “China has many laws but no rule of law; it has a constitution but no constitutional government.” On December 10, 2008, the 60th anniversary of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and 100 years after China’s first constitution was written, Liu released a petition signed by 303 incredibly brave Chinese people in support of the Charter. This was the final straw for the government, which arrested him immediately, and he has been imprisoned since."

Liu Xiaobo's Two Prisons

It is shameful that unlawful imprisonment happens not just in China but in countries all over the world.






12 comments:

Sandee said...

Governments are not always for the people. It's mostly for the elite. We see that far to often.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

cube said...

Sandee: True, but still a very extreme way of dealing with protesters. Imagine our bad press if we incarcerated every anti-Trump or BLM protester...

Jan said...

Our founding fathers had a good idea with their little experiment in freedom and constitutional law

cube said...

Jan: Thank goodness for that.

Ed Bonderenka said...

Hoping for a Mandela ending....

cube said...

Ed Bonderenka: Don't hold your breath on this one. I hope I'm wrong.

messymimi said...

It is sad. A missionary to China told me about a saying there, "The government is the government and the people are the people." Most people who live there would love to have a constitutional government and rule of law, but their current government will have none of it. Most of them simply adapt. The few who stand up end up like Mr. Liu, so the rest stay quiet. It's very sad.

Kid said...

China's support for N Korea should tell us much.

LL said...

He spoke at a function that I attended circa 1991 or 1992 as best I recall. It was a moving speech. The Chinese are smart to lock him and those like him up. He's an intelligent man who champions freedom - a man of singular vision. Pulling the curtain back on the wizard could bring the whole Chinese paper tiger crashing down.

cube said...

Messymini: This poor man isn't an evil person, he's speaking his mind. Unfortunately in China that's not the best idea. Rule of law, what's that?

My blog is already banned in China so what's one more... ;)





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