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Statement by President George W. Bush on the death of Liu Xiaobo

"Laura and I are saddened to learn of the death of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo....

Press Release by George W. Bush July 13, 2017
Residents of Hong Kong host a vigil service outside the Chinese Liason Office of Hong Kong after the death of Human Right Activist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo on July 13, 2017 in Hong Kong, China. (Photo Credit: Geovien So / Barcroft Images /

Dallas, Texas-- "He dared to dream of a China that respected human rights.  As one of the authors of Charter 08, Liu looked to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for inspiration and called for his government to “recognize universal values and build a democratic political system.”  For that, he spent much of his life as a political prisoner of conscience.  But he never wavered in his quest to advance freedom and democracy.
The widow and family he loved dearly have paid a great price for Liu Xiaobo’s courage.  Laura and I send them our deepest condolences and join them in mourning the passing of this brave and principled soul."

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