UN rights chief pressures China on dissident widow’s fate

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UNITED NATIONS, United States: UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said Thursday he plans to meet with Chinese officials to push for assurances that the widow of late dissident Liu Xiaobo will be allowed to leave China. Zeid came under fierce criticism from Beijing for his tribute to the Nobel laureate as a “principled champion” who “was jailed for standing up for his beliefs.” Zeid told reporters that he intends to meet with Chinese officials soon to discuss the fate of his widow, Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest since 2010. “We are now focused on his wife and trying to ensure that she has freedom of movement,” Zeid told reporters at UN headquarters in New York. “If she wants to leave China, she should be able to leave China.”

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