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....

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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