Amnesty International
Urgent Action
UA 30/14
17 February 2014

HEALTH FEARS GROW AFTER LIU XIA HEART ATTACK

The wife of jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, Liu Xia, who is under illegal house arrest in Beijing, had a heart attack in January and has been diagnosed with a heart condition. She has been prevented from receiving the treatment she needs in hospital and there are increasing fears for her physical and mental health.

Liu Xia, 53, had a heart attack and was admitted to Beijing Shijingshan hospital for emergency treatment shortly before Chinese New Year in January. The doctor suggested that she be hospitalized for two weeks for further examination and treatment, but she was returned home.

On 8 February, she went back to the hospital under police escort, where she was diagnosed with a heart condition, which the doctors said required further treatment. Her family completed all the necessary forms and paid the hospital fees, however the hospital refused to admit her. She was returned home, where she continues to suffer from a high fever.

Liu Xia’s physical and mental health is worrying after a long period of isolation, and she is in need of proper and comprehensive medical treatment. In addition to her heart condition, it is believed she is suffering from severe depression. Liu Xia has been under house arrest since 8 October 2010, following the announcement that her husband, Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year prison sentence, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Please write immediately in English, Chinese or your own language:

  • Demanding that the authorities ensure Liu Xia has immediate access to any medical treatment she requires;
  • Calling on the authorities to lift all restrictions on her freedom of movement and expression.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Liu Xia, a poet and artist, remains under tight surveillance and prisoner in her home in Beijing since 8 October 2010, following the announcement that her husband, Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year prison sentence, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She cannot leave her home and is not allowed visitors.

Liu Xiaobo, prominent Chinese scholar, and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, is serving an 11-year sentence for “inciting subversion of state power”. The Beijing Municipal No 1 Intermediate People’s Court sentenced him on 25 December 2009, after a two-hour trial on 23 December 2009, based on writing six articles distributed on websites hosted outside mainland China between 2005 and 2007 and devising Charter 08, soliciting signatures to it and publishing it online. Following her husband’s imprisonment, Liu Xia has been under illegal house arrest in Beijing. They are human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience.

Since December 2012, her friends have been able to visit her from time to time but have to negotiate with the police standing guard outside her home. A Hong Kong journalist who tried to visit her at the end of March 2013 was beaten and briefly detained. Liu Xia’s brother, Liu Hui, was charged with fraud and tried on 23 April 2013. According to Liu Xia, who was able to attend the trial, the charge is political motivated and an additional way to put pressure on the family. There are increasing concerns for Liu Xia’s mental health, and it is believed she is suffering from severe depression.

Amnesty International has created a bi-lingual tumblr page for people to send messages or post photos to show their solidarity with Liu Xia: http://messagesforliuxia.tumblr.com/

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 31 MARCH 2014 TO:

Director of Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau
Fu Zhenghua
No.9, Dongdajie, Qianmen,
Dongcheng District, Beijing
People’s Republic of China
Fax: 011 86 10 6524 2927
Salutation: Dear Director

Dean of Beijing Shijingshan Hospital
Liu Peng
Shijingshan Hospital
No. 24 Shijingshan Road,
Shijingshan District, Beijing
People’s Republic of China
Tel: 011 86 10 88429999 (Chinese only)
Salutation: Dear Professor

And copies to:

Secretary of the Beijing Municipal Party Committee
Guo Jinlong Shuji
Beijingshi Weiyuanhui 3 Taijichangdajie,
Dongchengqu, Beijing 100743
People’s Republic of China
Tel: 011 86 10 65121118 (Chinese only)
Salutation: Dear Secretary

Also send copies to:

Ambassador Cui Tiankai
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
3505 International Place NW
Washington, DC 20008
Fax: 1 202 495-2138
Email: chinaembassy_us@fmprc.gov.cn

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