SOLIDARITY ACTION : Send Liu Xia a Chinese New Year greeting card
Liu Xia is a poet and artist.
She is the wife of the prominent Chinese scholar Dr Liu Xiaobo, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 and who is serving an 11-year sentence for “inciting subversion of state power”.
Recently it has been reported that the state-sanctioned control of her personal freedom has been somewhat alleviated.
For example, she is now occasionally allowed to leave her house to visit family and friends, but is closely monitored every time.
She is also permitted to visit Liu Xiaobo in prison, but their meetings are also heavily monitored.
It is possible that the ongoing pressure about her case has contributed to the slight improvement of her situation, but considering the round-the-clock surveillance and continued restrictions on her freedom of movement, of association and of expression, it’s important that this pressure continues.
Our Chinese New Year action involves for Liu Xia is a solidarity action where members and supporters are encouraged to send Chinese New Year cards/”red banners” (called “chunlian” or "chuntie" in mainland China) directly to Liu Xia’s home.
We hope that through this action she will know that she is not alone. There have been concerns for Liu Xia's mental health, as she is reportedly suffering from severe depression. This will also act as a reminder to the authorities that the international community continues to be concerned about her situation.
During Chinese New Year, it is traditional for people to write Chinese New Year cards to friends and relatives. On the cards, people write lucky words and best wishes. In addition to Chinese New Year cards, people may write or buy printed "red banners", which will be hung in visible places in their homes. You can also put the “red banners” inside "red packets" (if you have no “red packets”, you can still put them inside any envelopes).
- Step 1: Hand-make or buy Chinese New Year cards or "red banners". For the Chinese New Year cards, write short messages (please refer to some suggested messages below). Please try to use the Chinese messages when sending Chinese New Year cards to them.
- Step 2: Take a photo of the Chinese New Year card or "red banner" and upload it to the Tumblr page (for Liu Xia's case). The Tumblr page is still live: http://messagesforliuxia.tumblr.com/
- Step 3: Mail the Chinese New Year card or the "red banner" to Liu Xia and Ablikim Abdiriyim (please refer to the mailing addresses below).
Here are some sample messages you can write on your card to her :
MAIL YOUR CARD TO :
Liu Xia (c/o Liu Tong)
32-205 Jinyu Chang'an Shanlu
18 Shashichanglu, Haidianqu
People's Republic of China