Liu Xiaobo ancora detenuto dalla polizia

Liu Xiaobo, uno dei 300 attivisti dei diritti umani, avvocati ed artisti che hanno firmato il “Charter 08” è ancora detenuto dalla polizia.  Secondo l’avvocato Mo Shaoping, Lu è stato già arrestato lunedì prima del 60mo anniversario della Dichiarazione Universale dei Diritti Umani. L’avvocato teme che l’accusa sia “di sovvertire lo Stato” che è un’accusa generica per colpire i dissidenti.  “Charter 08” è un documento inspirato a “Charter ‘77” presentato, al tempo, contro il regime comunista in Cecoslovacchia. “Charter 08” elenca una serie di suggerimenti per cambiare la costituzione, garantire la libertà di espressione, il rispetto dei diritti umani e chiede la fine del dominio del potere da parte del Partito Comunista.Segue l’articolo in inglese di Henry Sanderson, Associated Press Writer  

BEIJING – A leading writer who joined hundreds of other Chinese activists in signing a statement this week calling for greater freedoms in China remains missing three days after he was detained by police, his wife and lawyer said Thursday.  

Liu Xiaobo was among more than 300 lawyers, writers, scholars and artists who signed the “Charter 08” statement, an unusually open call Tuesday for human rights and democracy and an end to the dominance of the Communist Party.

Police detained Liu on Monday, a day ahead of the statement’s release, possibly because they considered him a ringleader in organizing the charter, said lawyer Mo Shaoping, who was hired by Liu’s wife on Wednesday and who has defended many activists in the past.

Liu Xia said they took her husband from his Beijing home, but that the letter they showed her did not give a reason.  “In either case, they should have notified me already, which they didn’t. They should have sent me a letter in paper in 24 hours … I am still waiting,” she said.  Mo said he was worried Liu may have been criminally detained on charges of subversion of the state — an ill-defined term used to clamp down on dissent.

“Liu was one of the many people that helped draft and revise the charter. It may be because the government thinks he played a bigger role that they put only him under detention, not anyone else,” he said. “Others (who signed the statement) have been summoned or tailed by the police, but they were not detained.”  At the Beijing Public Security Bureau’s news office, a man surnamed Zi said they did not have info on Liu.  “I’m not in a position to answer this kind of question but I believe this issue will be handled in accordance with law,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said when asked about Liu.

Another dissident Zhang Zuhua, a constitutional scholar who signed the statement, was held by police for 12 hours Monday and told not to continue with the charter. He said he did not know what had happened to Liu, and when he went to the Beijing police with Liu’s wife, they had no information.

Liu, 53, is a former Beijing Normal University professor who spent 20 months in jail for joining the 1989 student-led protests in Tiananmen Square, which ended when the government called in the military — killing hundreds, perhaps thousands.

The charter, timed to coincide with Wednesday’s 60th anniversary of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, is a new public call for change in China, where criticizing the ruling Communist Party often brings swift punishment.

It takes its name from Charter 77, a petition written in 1977 in Czechoslovakia by intellectuals and activists, many of whom later played a leading role in the Velvet Revolution in late 1989 that overthrew Communist rule.

The statement proposes 19 measures to improve rights in China, including a new constitution guaranteeing human rights, election of public officials, freedom of religion and expression, and an end to the Communist Party’s dominance of the military, courts, and government. In addition it also calls for the abolition of the criminal code that allows people to be imprisoned for “incitement to subvert state power.”

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