Calls Mount for 'Best' Treatment for Imprisoned Dissident Liu Xiaobo

Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese dissident imprisoned since 2009, has been released from confinement on medical parole, but his supporters are pressing for him to be allowed to seek treatment abroad for liver cancer.

Liu, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in absentia in 2010, was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer on May 23, and is being treated at a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang, according to his lawyers and Chinese prison officials. Chinese law forbids any prisoner released on medical parole from traveling abroad, said Liu's lawyer, Mo Shaoping.