The service for Liu Xiaobo, on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., will also renew calls for the release of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo’s widow, who has been forcibly disappeared since July 15, two days after her husband’s death.
“Liu Xiaobo deserved a state funeral; Liu Xia deserves her freedom,” said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. “This event shows that their extraordinary sacrifices will not be forgotten.”
The service will include readings of the couples’ works by Norwegian Nobel Committee chair Berit Reiss-Andersen and former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez, and statements by US and international political leaders, among others.
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