Tibetan writer is signatory to protest letter about political prisoners

The Tibetan writer Woeser and her Chinese husband Wang Lixiong were among more than 100 signatories to a letter signed by writers, activists, and lawyers and published yesterday urging the government to release the Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo and other political prisoners. (The Washington Post, Letter: On Liu Xiaobo and the Nobel Peace Prize).

The letter, issued last night (October 14) comes amid the detention and monitoring of dissidents in China following the Nobel award to Liu Xiaobo, who is serving 11 years in prison.

The letter congratulates Liu Xiaobo on the award, and states: “We call upon the authorities to release all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience who are in detention for reasons such as their speech, their political views, or their religious beliefs. We ask that legal procedures aimed at freeing Liu Xiaobo be undertaken without delay, and that Liu and his wife be permitted to travel to Oslo to accept the Nobel peace prize.”

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