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IFC/CP Statement on Liu Xiaobo’s Passing

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The news of Liu Xiaobo’s passing makes our hearts ache. We weep for the loss of a visionary leader, heroic freedom fighter, uncompromising colleague, dear friend and loving brother.
To Liu Xiaobo’s devoted wife Liu Xiao, we offer our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with her. Liu Xia has accompanied her husband to the end of his journey and her love for Liu Xiaobo overcame all the unbearable suffering that she and her extended family sustained. We salute Liu Xia for her sacrifices and courage, and urge her to be strong and to carry on Xiaobo’s legacy.
We believe the Chinese Communist regime is responsible for Liu Xiaobo’s death because it never allowed him early diagnosis and proper treatment, and denied his wish to seek medical treatment abroad. We vow to hold the Chinese regime and those individuals who mistreated Liu Xiaobo accountable.
The tragedy of Liu Xiaobo is not a single tragedy. It represents the tragedies of many Chinese human rights activists. But in this process of abuse, the Chinese government has created a tragedy for itself too. It has displayed the ugly face of its obsession with power and control and its utter disregard for human rights for the entire world to see.
Liu Xiaobo’s ideas and spirit will live on. His dream for a democratic China will not die. We solemnly pledge to realize his dream.
Liu Xiaobo will live forever in history and in our hearts.

 

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