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Ottawa: Human rights advocates endeavour to deliver petitions to Chinese embassy calling for release of Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo

    December 07, 2010

    On December 10th, International Human Rights Day, Chinese prisoner of conscience and co-author of CHARTER ‘08 Liu Xiaobo will be awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. Despite this tremendous international honour, he remains imprisoned in China for his peaceful advocacy for human rights and democracy. Chinese authorities have refused to release him and have also refused to allow his wife to travel to Norway to accept the award on his behalf. On December 10th, a delegation of leading human rights advocates will seek to deliver to the Chinese Embassy petitions signed by thousands of Canadians from across the country urging the Chinese government to release Liu Xiaobo immediately. The advocates have written to the Ambassador, seeking a meeting. It is not yet clear whether Embassy officials will meet with the delegation or agree to receive the peitions.

    The human rights advocates will make comments to the press at the time of the petition delivery.

    Place: Embassy of the People's Republic of China
    515 St. Patrick Street, Otttawa

    Date: Friday, December 10, 2010

    Time: Between 10:00 and 10:30 a.m.

    Who: Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada (English branch)
    Cheuk Kwan, Chair, Toronto Association for Democracy in China
    Maggie Wenzhuo Hou, Director, Human Rights Committee, Democratic Party of China

    Beth Berton-Hunter,
    Media Relations,
    Amnesty International Canada
    416-363-9933, ext. 332

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