Nobel laureate's wife: China should be proud

WASHINGTON Fri Oct 8, 2010 8:01am EDT

WASHINGTON Oct 8 (Reuters) - The wife of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo said on Friday China should take pride in her husband's selection and release him from prison.

"I hope that the international community will take this opportunity to call on the Chinese government to press for my husband's release," she said.

"As the committee recognized, China's new status in the world comes with increased responsibility," Liu Xia said in a written statement released by the Freedom Now human rights group.

"China should embrace this responsibility, have pride in his selection, and release him from prison," she said.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed, editing by Vicki Allen)