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China dismisses global plea to free late dissident's widow

IANS  |  Beijing 

on Thursday dismissed the plea of a group of international writers and artists to and widow of late laureate Xiaobo, saying the case was being handled as per the law of the country.

handles the affairs of its nationals, "including Xia's release, according to law", was quoted as saying by news.

On Wednesday, human rights organization and released a video where 28 writers and artists including Rita Dove, Paul Auster, J.M. Coetzee, Khaled Hosseini, and called for the release of

She has been under house arrest since 2010 when her husband was awarded the -- without any charges.

The writers also read out excerpts from a poem that Liu had written while under house arrest.

Fears about Liu's health worsened after Chinese authorities on May 11 stopped European diplomats from visiting her and especially after she herself told a friend over the phone that "she was willing to die in the house in protest against her confinement".

"The Chinese government's efforts to silence are despicably cruel. Liu Xia's poetry inspires so many who are now united in calling for her to be free," said Lisa Tassi, Campaigns Director at

Suzanne Nossel, Chief Executive Officer, said: "Liu Xia's cry for freedom resonates around the world and rebukes the Chinese government's hollow claim that she is free."

Liu was last seen in photos taken during her husband's funeral, after which she was taken to the southern Chinese province of and then to her home in

In the past one year, numerous attempts by friends, diplomats and international media to access her have been thwarted by strict government security around her home.



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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 18:00 IST