Liu's case has lesson for Thailand

Liu Xiaobo, RIP - a portrait is displayed for mourning outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong. (AP photo)

Late on Thursday, China and its actions caught the attention of the world community when it was announced that 2010 Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo had passed away at 61 after losing his fight with liver cancer.

Liu died due to multiple organ failure at a hospital while under the surveillance of Chinese authorities, who had earlier refused to allow him to leave the country for treatment.

Liu advocated a Gandhian kind of resistance with peaceful means to achieve his goal of greater respect for human rights in China. From being involved in the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident to his latest arrest in June 2009, Liu was imprisoned four times and behind bars for 11 years.

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