After dissident died in custody, Yousafzai, speaking on a trip to Nigeria, criticises ‘governments that deny people freedom’

The Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has condemned China over its treatment of her fellow peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo following his death from liver cancer in custody last week. Liu was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for “inciting subversion of state power” after he helped write a petition known as “Charter 08” calling for sweeping political reforms in China.

His incarceration meant he was unable to collect his Nobel prize in 2010, and he became the second winner of it to die in state custody, the first being Carl von Ossietzky in Germany in 1938. Liu’s wife, Liu Xia, remains under effective house arrest.

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