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International relations

Global leaders urge China to release Liu Xiaobo's wife

Dissident's death brings wave of criticism of Beijing -- and major democracies

BANGKOK -- Western leaders, human rights activists and Chinese survivors of the Tiananmen Square crackdown have called on Beijing to free Liu Xia, the wife of the late dissident Liu Xiaobo, from house arrest.

"I urge conscientious governments and people around the world to strongly condemn and sanction the Chinese Communist Party for persecuting a Nobel Peace Prize winner," Wang Dan, a dissident and former leader of the student protest movement, wrote on his Facebook page. He also called on the international community to now "work together to help Liu Xia leave" China. She was put under house arrest in 2010 simply for being Liu Xiaobo's spouse.

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