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UN Human Rights Chief welcomes release of Liu Xia

10 July 2018 (GENEVA) -- Comment by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on the granting of permission for Liu Xia to leave China for Germany:

“I very much welcome the fact that Liu Xia has been permitted to leave China. Her predicament since her husband Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 has been nothing short of tragic, and her physical and mental welfare since the untimely death of Liu Xiaobo last year has been of great concern to everyone. Their story is one of great courage and great sadness.”

“I hope Liu Xia can find some personal peace and restore her health in Germany. I hope too that Chinese human rights defenders, their families and lawyers, who have been deprived of their liberty for expressing critical views, will be released. I share the concerns about the future of Liu Xia’s younger brother, Liu Hui,  who remains in China and hope he will be allowed to join his sister in Germany if he so wishes.”

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