How China made Liu Xiaobo’s wife suffer too

Peace and Freedom

Liu Xia was diagnosed with depression after years of house arrest and needs medication to sleep

By Mimi Lau
South China Morning Post

Saturday, 15 July, 2017, 8:03am

Liu Xia, widow of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, spent almost seven years living under house ­arrest as her husband, serving an 11-year sentence for subversion of the state, languished in Liaoning’s Jinzhou Prison.

Following the dissident’s death from liver cancer on Thursday night, friends say they do not expect the authorities to loosen their grip on the 56-year-old painter, poet and photographer due to their overriding social stability concerns.

She was diagnosed with depression in 2014 after years of house arrest and the jailing of her brother, Liu Hui, on fraud charges in 2013.

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