In this image taken from video provided by the Shenyang Municipal Information Office, an urn containing the ashes of imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo is lowered into the sea off the coast of Dalian in northeastern China's Liaoning Province, Saturday, July 15, 2017
In 2009, Liu was detained by Chinese authorities for "inciting subversion of state power," a year after publishing the Charter 08 manifesto that promoted democratic reforms in the country. Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 for "his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China," at a time when he was serving his fourth prison term in China. In June, Liu was granted medical parole after his cancer diagnosis, according to his lawyer.
The Chinese government’s actions against Liu have repeatedly become an issue between Beijing and Western capitals that called for the release of the human rights activist. The Chinese Foreign Ministry usually replied to the demands with reminders that it would not tolerate interference in China’s internal affairs.