China: EU expresses concern at the arrest of Liu Xiaobo

The European Union expresses its grave concern at the arrest of Mr Liu Xiaobo and other human rights activists the day before the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the French EU Presidency states in a declaration on Wednesday 17 December.


The text, which was unusually dry and concise, adds that Mr Liu Xiaobo is one of the 303 signatories of the 2008 Charter which calls on China to continue political reform. The European Union hopes the Chinese authorities will shed rapid light on Mr Liu’s conditions of detention and on the reasons for his detention. It also calls for Mr Liu’s fundamental rights and for those of others detained in recent days to be respected and for the principle of freedom of expression to be respected in all circumstances in China.

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