Liu Xiaobo, Chinese dissident who won Nobel dies at 61

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Undated handout shows Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo
Undated handout shows Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was China's most prominent democracy and human rights advocate, has died aged 61, officials say.

The bureau of justice of Shenyang, the city in northeastern China where Mr. Liu was being treated for cancer, announced on its website that Mr. Liu had died.

The activist was being treated for terminal liver cancer in a hospital in north-eastern China.

A university professor turned rights campaigner, Mr Liu was branded a criminal by the authorities.

He was repeatedly jailed throughout his life, and had also been subject to heavy restrictions when he was free, while his wife, Liu Xia, was placed under house arrest.

In the weeks leading up to his death, Mr Liu's case became mired in international controversy.

Several Western countries urged China to allow Mr Liu to leave the country to seek palliative care elsewhere.

Source: NY Times, BBC

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