Chinese activists urge new leader Jinping to free Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo
Activists in China have called for the release of jailed Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo in two separate letters to the country's new leader Xi Jinping.
The 134 Nobel laureates asked the new Communist Party head to release Liu, who has been jailed since 2009.
A group of Chinese activists and writers also signed a letter urging Liu's release from inciting subversion, the BBC reports.
The Nobel laureates, who include the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, South African Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu and US writer Toni Morrison, made public the letter to Xi on Tuesday.
"As you have taken the first step towards assuming the presidency of the People's Republic of China, we write to welcome the prospect of fresh leadership and new ideas," they wrote.
"To that end, we respectfully urge you to release Dr Liu Xiaobo, the world's only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and his wife, Liu Xia," they added.
Activist Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 despite the Chinese government's fierce opposition.
He was sentenced in 2009 for helping to draft a manifesto calling for political change.
He is serving 11 years in jail for inciting the subversion of state power.