On 8 October 2010 the Nobel Committee awarded Liu the Nobel Peace Prize "for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China." Since then Chinese authorities have clamped down on dissident groups and individuals, placing several people, including the previously featured endangered scholar Hu Shingen, and Liu's wife, Liu Xia, under house arrest without charge.
Liu Xiaobo is a prominent writer and human rights advocate who wrote for the "China in Transition" issue of Social Research (Spring 2006). Liu was arrested on December 8, 2008 on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power” after co-authoring Charter 08, a declaration initially signed by over 300 individuals that outlines political reforms and calls for greater human rights and democracy in China. If convicted, Liu could face at least three years in prison. He is currently being held at an undisclosed location in Beijing.
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