Today is the 1st Anniversary of Mr. Liu Xiao Bo’s passing. The Progressive Lawyers Group stands united with the rest of the world in remembrance of his fearless and selfless sacrifices made for advocating freedom and democracy in China.
We pay our deepest respects to Mr. Liu’s family and friends who have endured suffering for his courageous martyrdom. We welcome the release of Ms. Liu Xia, Mr. Liu’s widow, but condemn the illegal detention that the Chinese government has subjected her to. We note that Ms. Liu’s close relatives are not free to leave the country and we urge that the Chinese government do not use them as a leverage to silence Ms. Liu. We hope Ms. Liu can enjoy true freedom and that her wounds may heal.
We thank Mr. Liu for the legacy he has left us. His conscience remains and will continue to inspire us in the pursuit of civil liberties and democracy.
13 July 2018
Progressive Lawyers Group 法政匯思