Peace prize winner and democracy activist dies of liver cancer, after spending almost a quarter of his life behind bars in China

China’s most famous political prisoner, the Nobel laureate and democracy icon Liu Xiaobo, has died at the age of 61.

The Chinese intellectual and activist, who championed non-violent resistance as a way of overcoming “forceful tyranny”, is the first Nobel peace prize winner to die in custody since German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky, the 1935 recipient, who died under surveillance after years confined to Nazi concentration camps.

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