Liu Xiaobo: His Name Will Be Remembered

(CNN)On Thursday, if a foreign press reporter in a cosmopolitan Chinese city or a hectic village held up a microphone to ask a pedestrian about the death of Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese dissident who won the Nobel Peace Prize while locked up, I would not be surprised if the reaction was: “Who? I have actually never ever become aware of him!”

Liu will be kept in mind as a Chinese intellectual who worked out with the military leaders, preventing more bloodshed on Tiananmen Square. In the morning hours of June 4, 1989, he protected the safe passage of countless trainee protesters in between tanks and intruding soldiers. After that, he called himself a survivor and witness of the end ofthe world of Communism.
Liu will be kept in mind as among the authors of Charter 08 , a manifesto at first released on December 10, 2008, the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, embracing the name and design from Charter 77, which was a petition prepared by authors and intellectuals in then-Czechoslovakia requiring that their Communist federal government acknowledge standard human rights. Because Charter 08’s release, countless individuals inside and outside China have actually signed the file promoting governmental reforms consisting of separation of powers, flexibility of speech, and rural-urban equality. His effort brought him an 11-year sentence for “ prompting subversion of state power .”