Liu Xianbin

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Chinese writer Liu Xianbin is serving a sentence of 10 years on charges of “subverting state power.” Suining police arrested Liu, who wrote articles on democratic reforms in China, on June 28, 2010.

A court in western Sichuan province sentenced Liu to 10 years in prison on charges of inciting subversion through articles published on overseas websites between April 2009 and February 2010, according to international news reports. One article was titled "Constitutional Democracy for China: Escaping Eastern Autocracy," according to the BBC.

Liu also signed Liu Xiaobo’s pro-democracy Charter 08 petition. (Liu Xiaobo, who won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for his actions, died in July 2017 shortly after receiving medical parole.)

Police detained Liu Xianbin on June 28, 2010, according to the U.S.-based prisoner rights group Laogai Research Foundation. He was sentenced in 2011 during a crackdown on bloggers and activists who sought to organize demonstrations inspired by uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, according to CPJ research.

Liu spent more than two years in prison for involvement in the 1989 anti-government protests in Tiananmen Square. He later served 10 years of a 13-year sentence handed down in 1999 after he founded a branch of the China Democracy Party, according to The New York Times.

As of 2019,  Liu was being held at Chuanzhong prison in Sichuan province, according to ChinaAid, a nonprofit Chinese Christian human rights organization based in Midland, Texas.

Liu’s wife, Chen Mingxian, told ChinaAid that, when she visited him in prison in early 2019, Liu looked physically and mentally well.