Statement about breach of Doctor-Patient Confidentiality by certain actors in the case of Liu Xiaobo (10.07.2017)

We have noted with deep concern that certain authorities have evidently made audio and video surveillance recordings of the medical visit of Mr. Liu Xiaobo by a German doctor. These recordings were made against the expressed wishes of the German side, which were communicated in writing prior to the visit. It seems that these recordings are being leaked selectively to certain Chinese state media outlets. It seems that security organs are steering the process, not medical experts. This behaviour undermines trust in the authorities dealing with Mr. Liu's case, which is vital to ensure maximum success of his medical treatment.