Liu Xiaobo and the struggle for democracy

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Memorial for Liu Xiaobo

Memorial for Liu Xiaobo

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Liu Xiaobo’s death last week was a painful reminder of the dire state of personal freedoms in China. The dissident was imprisoned for nearly a decade. His crime: a view of a democratic China, a goal to be achieved peacefully. He died in custody, his dream yet to be realized. At 61, he suffered multiple organ failure allegedly caused by liver cancer. He had been denied permission to travel for medical treatment overseas.

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About the Author

Senior Programme Officer
Catalina Uribe Burcher

Catalina Uribe Burcher is a Senior Programme Officer for Democracy, Conflict and Security. Uribe Burcher focuses on research and policy-oriented analysis regarding the threats that transnational illicit networks pose to democratic processes in Latin America, West Africa and the Baltic States. Presently, she is leading the design of a tool that assesses the threat of the nexus between organized crime and democratic politics.