Nobel laureate Liu released by China

In this image from 2010 workers prepare the Nobel Peace Prize laureate exhibition 'I Have No Enemies' for Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo Norway

In this image from 2010 workers prepare the Nobel Peace Prize laureate exhibition 'I Have No Enemies' for Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo Norway

Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo was released on medical grounds after he was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, his lawyer confirmed on Monday.

He is now being treated for liver cancer in a hospital in the north-eastern city of Shenyang.

The Nobel committee described him as "the foremost symbol" of the human rights struggle in China.

Liu Xiaobo, China's Nobel peace laureate, is to be allowed out of his communist gulag to die.

Liu was rearrested and served three years in a labour camp from 1996-1999 for seeking the release of those jailed in the Tiananmen protests and for opposing the government's verdict that they amounted to a counter-revolutionary rebellion.

William Nee, also of Amnesty, said authorities should ensure Liu was getting adequate medical care and he called for the immediate and unconditional release of Liu and his wife.

"Chinese authorities carry a heavy responsibility if Liu Xiaobo, because of his imprisonment, has been denied necessary medical treatment", it said in a statement.

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In giving Mr. Liu his award, the chairman of the Nobel peace prize committee had compared him to South Africa's Nelson Mandela and archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Aung San Suu Kyi, the Myanmar democracy advocate who is now de facto ruler of her country.

According to a rights group, she was diagnosed with depression years after her detention and suffered a heart attack in 2014.

Liu was formally arrested on June 23, 2009, on suspicion of "alleged agitation activities aimed at subversion of the government and overthrowing of the socialist system".

"I haven't got a chance to visit Liu recently yet, but his condition was pretty grim", Mo said. Charter 08, which was posted online, specifically demands the abolition of subversion as an offence in China's criminal code - the very crime for which Mr Liu has been jailed.

"I firmly believe that China's political progress will not stop, and I, filled with optimism, look forward to the advent of a future free China", he said in a statement released after the trial.

"The only hope would be if the Chinese government were to allow him to seek medical help overseas", he said, drawing parallels with the recent release of USA student Otto Warmbier, who died last week, days after he was sent home in a coma from prison in North Korea. But one person managed to sneak through a message in English, using his initials: "Blessing for Dr. LXB, who is the Nobel Peace Price victor and famous prisoner of conscience, best wishes to him!"

Liu is the first Chinese citizen to win the Nobel peace prize and one of only three people to have won it while detained by their own government.

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