Tuesday December 14, 2010
Irwin Cotler, M.P. for Mount Royal, Critic for Human Rights, and member of the international legal team of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (2010) Liu Xiaobo, returned from Oslo, Norway, where he had been invited to participate in the Nobel ceremonies and to advance the case for Dr. Liu Xiaobo’s release from detention.
Cotler said he was particularly moved by the testimonies respecting Dr. Liu’s heroism; how this professor and poet had left Columbia University 20 years ago to support the students in Tiananmen Square and secure their peaceful protest; how he had been repeatedly detained and imprisoned for exercising rights guaranteed under Chinese law; how he had been charged with “subversion” and sentenced to 11 years imprisonment for authoring a democratic and human rights manifesto “Charter 08”.
Accordingly, on his return to Parliament, Cotler moved the following resolution, which was unanimously adopted today by the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Human Rights:
BE IT RESOLVED: THAT the Subcommittee on International Human Rights:
1. Congratulates Liu Xiaobo on the award of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize “for his long and non violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China”;
2. Pays tribute to Liu Xiaobo’s promotion of democratic reform and human rights in China, and the courage with which he has born repeated imprisonment by Chinese officials for exercising rights guaranteed under the Chinese Constitution;
3. States that in honouring Liu Xiaobo, it also honors all those who have promoted democratic reform in China, including those who participated in the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstration for democratic reform;
4. Calls on Chinese officials to release Liu Xiaobo from prison, and to release his wife, Liu Xia, his supporters, and all signers of Charter 08 from detention and house arrest;
5. Calls on Chinese officials to cease censoring media and Internet reporting of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo and to cease their campaign of defamation against Liu Xiaobo;
6. Urges Prime Minister and the Canadian government to call for the release of Liu Xiaobo from prison, as well as the release of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo’s supporters, and all signers of Charter 08 from detention and house arrest.
Said Cotler, “a country like China that can build the fastest train in the world; that can build the largest dam in the world; that can build the second largest economy in the world – shames itself by the jailing of one of its own – a great hero of humanity- Dr. Liu Xiaobo.