He haes served as Preses o the Independent Cheenese PEN Center since 2003. On 8 December 2008, Liu wis detained in response tae his participation wi Charter 08. He wis formally arrestit on 23 Juin 2009, on suspicion o "incitin subversion o state pouer." He wis tried on the same chairges on 23 December 2009, an sentenced tae eleiven years' imprisonment an twa years' deprivation o political richts on 25 December 2009.
Durin his 4t prison term, he wis awardit the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, for "his lang an non-violent struggle for fundamental human richts in Cheenae."
↑McKinnon, Mark. "Liu Xiaobo could win the Nobel Peace Prize, and he’d be the last to know". The Globe and Mail. 7 October 2010. 'Ms. Liu said her husband had been told by his lawyer during a recent visit that he had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, but he would be shocked if he won, she said. “I think he would definitely find it hard to believe. He never thought of being nominated, he never mentioned any awards. For so many years, he has been calling for people to back the Tiananmen Mothers (a support group formed by parents of students killed in the 1989 demonstrations)..”'
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