China

11-Year Jail Term for Dissident Upheld

The 11-year prison sentence handed down to Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese dissident, for his conviction for "inciting subversion of state power" has been upheld. Liu, 54, co-wrote Charter 08, a declaration calling for major reform of China's government. Western nations and human-rights groups were outraged by the Christmas Day conviction. Liu was also jailed following the Tiananmen Square demonstrations in 1989.