Liu Xia is not charged or convicted of any crime, but has been virtually isolated in the couple's apartment in Beijing since it was announced that her husband was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.
— Liu Xia is only allowed to visit her old parents and her brother, and is not allowed to have guests in her home. She is not allowed to use the Internet or telephones and cannot freely send or receive mail, says the lawyer who met with Aftenposten in Beijing.
The lawsuit concerns Liu Xia’s standard of living. She is deprived of the opportunity to have an income from her work as a painter and photographer. She has given her lawyers permission to pursue the case, but is still awaiting the response of the government to her demand to be able to work normally. Her brother, Liu Tong, is also making arrangements for her to work abroad. If this succeeds, Liu Xia will postpone the civil case, according to lawyer Shang .
Liu Xia and her family have financial problems. The parents are old and the father is ill. The youngest brother, Liu Hui , was recently sentenced to jail for fraud, in a process that Liu Xias supporters believe were questionable.Shang says that the law firm would like to work pro bono for Liu Xiaobo, his wife and the rest of the family, but that Liu Xia particular refuses to accept this. If she cannot make a living by working, she plans to sell the couple's apartment, where she is now being held under house arrest.
— Liu Xia is a great artist, says professor Hao Jian at the internationally renowned Beijing Film Academy.
— We , her friends, are very concerned about Liu Xias health, says the professor.
— On the 28th of December 2012, on her husband's 57th birthday , some of us friends managed to break into the apartment where she is isolated. She could hardly talk to us. She cried incessantly, embraced us and kept on saying that her husband's and their relative's lives were completely in hands of the government, says Professor Hao.
Fear of being hospitalized
Liu Xia has a number of health problems and she has requested to consult a doctor. The authorities are agreeing to this, but only if police guards can accompany her to the doctor's office. This she refuses to accept because she fears that the police she will, by force, hospitalize her in a mental hospital.
— Although I doubt that she has a reason to be afraid of this , says Professor Hao .
— Her husband is too famous internationally and the authorities would take the risk of exposing themselves to criticism by an improper admission. Liu Xiaobo is a vital spiritual leader of the opposition in China. You could almost say that he is our Nelson Mandela, says Hao in a conversation that takes place a few hours before the message of the death of the South African freedom hero is known.Aftenposten meets the professor in a academy cafeteria. At the tables around us there are students who eat, drink juices and sodas and smokes. A young man plays the guitar, the other two have each a Bible open before them on the canteen table.
Professor Hao is one of the 302 Chinese officials, lawyers and intellectuals who in 2008 signed the Charter 08 petition with Liu Xiaobo .
— Police have warned me not to talk to foreign journalists. But when it comes to Liu Xia and Liu Xiaobo, I refuse to be silent. I will say everything! says Professor Hao Jian .