October 17, 2018
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EU expects quick resolution of Gui Minhai, Liu Xia cases

Beijing, May 9 (efe-epa).- The European Union said Wednesday it expects to see a quick resolution to the cases of Liu Xia, widow of Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, and Swedish citizen Gui Minhai, both of whom are currently being detained by Chinese authorities without formal charges.

"We will see a solution soon, because in one case there is no indication of infringement and in the other we talk about a community citizen whose rights are not being respected," said the EU ambassador in China, Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, at a press conference on the occasion of Europe Day.

A letter released earlier this month by exiled writer Liao Yiwu revealed that Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest since her husband was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010, is willing to let herself die at home.

Xiaobo died last year from liver cancer that was diagnosed when he was in prison. Since then, there have been numerous voices urging authorities to release Liu, currently suffering from depression, and allow her to leave the country.

"There is nothing I fear now. If I can't leave, I'll just die at home. Xiaobo has already left. There is nothing in this world for me. Dying is easier than living. There is nothing simpler for me than to protest with death," said Liu, in words quoted by Liao.

Gui, was arrested in January by the Chinese authorities aboard a train while traveling to Beijing along with Swedish diplomats for a medical checkup at his country's embassy.

Gui was a co-owner of a Hong Kong-based publisher specializing in books critiquing the Communist Party of China.

In late 2015, he disappeared in Thailand and reappeared months later in the custody of China, which accused him and five other publishers of selling banned books in the country. They all disappeared in Hong Kong or other places only to reappear in China.

Schweisgut said that these two cases are not the only human rights cases that the European Union has raised with Beijing, since there are also human rights lawyers being detained.

"All of those cases are of great concern because they are not in accordance with even Chinese laws and Constitution" added Schweisgut, highlighting that these issues have been raised in many meetings with the Chinese authorities and will continue to be part of EU policy towards China.

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