Rights groups cautiously hail Liu Xia departure

BEIJING (AP) — Human rights groups are cautiously celebrating Liu Xia’s departure from China on Tuesday, as they urge the international community to keep in mind the abuses suffered by her and her late husband, Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo.

Patrick Poon, a China researcher for Amnesty International, said Liu Xia is “a very important example of how international pressure still can work on human rights cases in China” at a time when many believe lobbying the country on such issues is futile.

But China Human Rights Defenders researcher Frances Eve said Liu’s release was an “easy win” for China.

Eve said the government sought to “make it seem as though it is a country ruled according to law when everything about her case has shown demonstrably that it is not.”