Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) has released an exclusive video showing the artist Liu Xia, wife of jailed Nobel laureate and dissident Liu Xiabo. Liu Xia has been under house arrest since October 2010 despite never having been convicted of any crime.
RSF released the following statement with the video:
The hounding of Liu Xiaobo’s family, especially Liu Xia, must stop at once. The surveillance to which she is being subjected is not only unacceptable but also completely illegal. Liu Xia is the victim of psychological harassment for the sole reason that she is Liu Xiaobo’s wife. We demand the immediate end to this undeclared imprisonment.
The video of Liu Xia that we are releasing today is very short and lacks detail, but is very symbolic. Smoking a cigarette at her window is one of the few freedoms left to her. The difficulty of obtaining this footage is also indicative of the isolation imposed on her and the danger to which anyone trying to approach her home is exposed.
We continue to demand Liu Xiaobo’s immediate release. His detention constitutes a grave human rights violation with regard to international standards and, in particular, article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which the Chinese government has signed.