Toronto Association for Democracy in China
Toronto – July 30, 2019
Media Conference Advisory
The Liu Xiaobo Empty Chair Memorial Unveiling Ceremony
Date: Thursday August 1, 2019
Time: 1 pm
Place: Oakham Lounge, Ryerson Student Centre 2nd Floor, 63 Gould Street, Toronto
Amnesty International, PEN Canada and Toronto Association for Democracy in China cordially invite you to a media conference to announce the unveiling of The Liu Xiaobo Empty Chair Memorial.
Writer, literary critic, philosopher and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo co-wrote Charter 08, a manifesto calling for freedom of expression, human rights, and political reforms in China. He was arrested and sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2009.
Liu was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China. The Chinese government refused to allow him to travel Oslo to receive the prize. His absence was marked by an empty chair on stage during the award ceremony.
Liu died in prison on July 13, 2017.
The Liu Xiaobo Memorial is a bronze replica of the “empty chair” by Ruth Abernethy, a Canadian sculptor whose iconic works include the Glenn Gould statue at CBC in Toronto, the Oscar Peterson statue at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, as well as the Goddess of Democracy at York University, Toronto.
• Brendan de Caires, Executive Director, PEN Canada
• Ruth Abernethy, Sculptor, Liu Xiaobo Empty Chair Memorial
• Senator Con Di Nino
• Liane Lee, Vice-Chair, Toronto Association for Democracy in China
• Cheuk Kwan, immediate past Chair, Toronto Association for Democracy in China
Media contact: Cheuk Kwan, (416) 804 1527 firstname.lastname@example.org