UN rights chief urges release of Chinese Nobel laureate
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Thursday called for the release of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, on the eve of the award ceremony in Oslo.
"It is my view that the case should be reviewed, and Liu Xiaobo should be released as soon as possible," she said at a news conference ahead of World Human Rights Day on Friday, which coincides with the Nobel ceremony in Oslo.
China has sharply criticised the Nobel award and those who support the Chinese dissident, and said most of the world was opposed to the Oslo-based committee's decision to honour him.
An exiled Chinese dissident representing Liu's family has criticised the UN rights chief for not attending the ceremony for the laureate, charging she was bowing to pressure from Beijing, but she replied that she had prior engagements connected with marking Human Rights Day.
© 2010 AFP