On the Streets of Chinatown, the Words of Chinese Dissident Liu Xiaobo

Friends worried about fate of Liu Xiaobo's widow

Friends worried about fate of Liu Xiaobo's widow

Friends of China's Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died as a political prisoner, say they are anxious about his widow, Liu Xia, whom they haven't been able to contact since the funeral. His wife, Liu Xia, was at the hospital as his health deteriorated over the past couple of weeks, but has been under effective house arrest since her husband won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

The Information Center of Human Rights and Democratic Movement in China on Monday cited her relatives as saying that she has neither returned home nor called them since, although her brother-in-law claimed she is safe and sound.

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Asked whether Beijing will allow Liu Xia to go overseas, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang did not give a straight answer but only said she is a Chinese citizen and her rights will be protected according to the law.

As per South China Morning Post, close friends are now anxious about her situation, as she had also lost her parents past year and suffered from depression and a heart condition.

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"Of course we are all very anxious about Liu Xia", said friend and activist Hu Jia. "I haven't been able to get in touch with her".

Liu died on Thursday of multiple organ failure, according to authorities. All too often you hear about people being placed under house arrest or imprisoned on the basis of a questionable application of dubious "inciting subversion of state power" laws created to stifle any challenge to the Communist Party of China's rule.

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A protester displays a picture of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo's detained wife Liu Xia during a demonstration outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong.

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