Unlike the blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng, who successfully escaped to the United States in May, Liu Xia, a well-known artist, has not yet suffered physical abuses that we know of. But she has been mentally tortured since her husband was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. Since that time, Liu Xia’s freedom of movement has been severely restricted. Her contact with the outside world has been completely cut off and visitors are not allowed to see her. At one point, Liu Xia was close to a nervous breakdown.
Recently her condition has improved slightly. She was allowed to return to her apartment near Yuyuantan Park in Beijing. But outside of her apartment there is a guard house with hired security guards watching24/7 and stopping any visitors who came to see Liu Xia. A security door to her apartment unit has also been installed to prevent unauthorized people from accessing her apartment.
The guards told Liu Xia’s visitors that their superiors instructed them not to let anyone come to see her. Any visitor must be authorized by the authorities. When she
needs groceries, the security detail calls for a special car to take her to the market. She lives there all alone.
Liu Xia’s apartment is located at the far end of an apartment compound, as marked B in the map below, close to a canal. Her apartment is on the right side of the top floor of the unit as show in the photo. The address is: Apt. 501, Unit 4, Building 17, 9 Yuyuantan Nan Lu, Haidian District, Beijing, Zip Code 100038.
Technically Liu Xia is a free person, not in violation of any Chinese law, nor charged with any crimes by the government. Her only “crime” is that she is the wife of a Nobel Peace Prize winner, for which she has been punished and made a prisoner in her own house for nearly two years.
Clearly, the Chinese Communist regime has not forgotten about Liu Xiaobo, which is evident by the government’s recent hateful action of denying visa to the former Norwegian prime minister. Neither should we. IFC encourages celebrities, journalists, reporters and ordinary citizens to visit Liu Xia so that she won’t stand alone.
Click below link to read more about Prof. Cui’s story on her attempt to visit of Liu Xia (in Chinese):