China has pushed back against a wave of worldwide censure over the death of democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo, telling the world to stay out of its "domestic affairs" and labelling the 2010 decision to award the late activist a Nobel peace prize "a blasphemy". In and out of prison since for his fearless criticism of the government, he was last sentenced to 11 years in 2009 for co-authoring Charter 08, a 2008 call for political reform and greater freedom.
In the days after the Chinese writer and dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, on October 8, 2010, his country cut off trade talks with Norway, home of the Nobel committee, and placed his wife under house arrest.
Close friends said they were anxious for her well-being, with reports that she had already lost both parents in the a year ago and had suffered from depression and a heart condition.
Liu died in a Chinese hospital Thursday after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer.
"This crime - the death and silencing of Liu Xiaobo - should follow the Chinese Communist Party like an unwashable permanent stain", Smith told the hearing, adding that governments and rights groups should work to preserve Liu's legacy.
"Governments should send a clear message to Beijing that the principles to which Liu Xiaobo devoted his life will thrive after his tragic death", she said.
Activist Hu Jia said authorities were pressuring Liu's family to quickly cremate his body.
"Liu lived in an era when China witnessed the most rapid growth in recent history, but he attempted to confront Chinese mainstream society under Western support". "But we will continue fighting for freedom for your love Liu Xia".
"It is nonsense for (China), on the one hand, to commit itself to global rights protections in the exercise of its sovereignty and then, on the other, to say that holding it to such commitments is a violation of its sovereignty".
Liu Xiaobo's empty chair during the Nobel Prize awarding ceremony in 2010.
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When the chants began to die down and soldiers started trying to clear the square, Liu and three friends - including Hou Dejian, a popular rock singer from Taiwan - erected a tent alongside the 10-storey Monument to the People's Heroes, and began a 72-hour hunger strike.
Liu Xia told Reuters that he wanted to dedicate his prize to all those who died in the Tiananmen crackdown.
Friends and relatives of late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo said on Friday they had not been able to contact his widow Liu Xia despite mounting global calls for her to be allowed to leave the country.
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and EU president Donald Tusk said in a joint statement that they had learned of Liu's death "with deep sadness".
Liu is also known for his role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing.
Chinese users have taken to Western channels to express their grief and remember Liu by.
Liu became the first Nobel Peace laureate to die in custody since German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky, who passed away in a hospital while held by the Nazis in 1938.
Foreign ministry spokesman Geng blasted "certain countries" for interfering in China's "judicial sovereignty".
The foreign medical team agreed that the treatment he was receiving from Chinese physicians was adequate, but argued that Liu could be safely transported overseas for cancer treatment.
The circumstances in which Nobel Peace Prize victor Liu Xiaobo died, is an indictment of a state leaning towards totalitarianism.
He said Beijing had prevented Liu from travelling and making a final denunciation of its authoritarian rule to avoid "an enormous public relations disaster ... this one is bad enough".