Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo in critical condition, says hospital

Hong Kong democracy activists mourn death of Liu Xiaobo

Hong Kong democracy activists mourn death of Liu Xiaobo

Liu's kidney and liver functions are failing, and he suffers from blood clots, among other ailments, the hospital in the city of Shenyang said on its website.

The doctors added that both their institutions have agreed and are prepared to accept Liu for cancer treatment.

The Chinese government has come under fire for refusing to allow Liu to travel overseas for treatment, despite repeated calls from human rights activists and foreign governments for China to do so.

On Tuesday, the doctors treating the activist said he had been suffering from a stomach infection, peritonitis, organ dysfunction and septic shock, a critical condition that can be fatal.

Mr Liu was arrested in 2008 after co-writing Charter 08, a bold petition that called for the protection of basic human rights and reform of China's one-party Communist system.

Mo Zhixu, a family friend, told Efe that as far as he knew, Liu and his entourage continued to seek to leave China.

Geng reiterated that he hoped "relevant countries can respect the judicial sovereignty of China and not interfere in China's internal affairs under the pretext of an individual case".

After Liu's diagnosis was made public in June, a jailhouse video montage quickly found its way onto YouTube that showed him playing badminton with a prison guard, chatting with his wife during a visit and sitting for a teeth cleaning - all meant to show a decent quality of life behind bars at Jinzhou Prison.

The renowned dissident and intellectual was hospitalised amid strong security measures around the beginning of June after he was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer following nearly nine years in prison.

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Human Rights Watch's China director Sophie Richardson called the leak "grotesque propaganda".

He was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize in absentia for his work campaigning for human rights in China.

The ailing health of China's most prominent political dissident has become the subject of worldwide attention, with supporters and several foreign governments calling for him to be released to go overseas for treatment.

"It's also legitimate to question if the authorities are releasing the information about his worsening health as an attempt to delay and justify not allowing Liu Xiaobo to leave the country", Poon said.

The Chinese government, which continues to censor domestic news coverage of Liu, has been waging a public relations offensive in the face of strong global reactions to the story. Liu and his family, who are being closely guarded in the hospital, could not immediately be reached for comment.

She said Washington was pleased that USA and German medical experts have been able to visit the terminally-ill cancer patient.

A German doctor visited Liu at a hospital on Saturday, along with an American colleague.

A prolific writer and longtime activist, Liu has been in and out of jail since the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989.