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An empty Nobel chair. Nobel Committee Chairman Thorbjørn Jagland expressed his regret that neither Liu Xiaobo nor his wife could travel to today’s Peace Prize ceremony. ”The Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2010 to Liu Xiaobo for his long and non-violent struggle for human rights in Central China. The Committee has long argued that there is a close link between human rights and peace. These rights are a precondition of Alfred Nobel’s will”, Mr Jagland said in his presentation speech. Despite widespread Chinese condemnation of this year’s award and demonstrations on the streets of Oslo, both for and against, Mr Jagland was adamant that the committee’s decision was justified.

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An empty Nobel chair

Published on Friday, 10th December, 2010 at 16:36 under the news category, by Nicoleta Sincan.
Last Updated on 10th December 2010 at 20:24.

Nobel Committee Chairman Thorbjørn Jagland expressed his regret that neither Liu Xiaobo nor his wife could travel to today’s Peace Prize ceremony.

Liu Xiaobo
Liu Xiaobo
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”The Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2010 to Liu Xiaobo for his long and non-violent struggle for human rights in Central China. The Committee has long argued that there is a close link between human rights and peace. These rights are a precondition of Alfred Nobel’s will”, Mr Jagland said in his presentation speech.

Despite widespread Chinese condemnation of this year’s award and demonstrations on the streets of Oslo, both for and against, Mr Jagland was adamant that the committee’s decision was justified.

“The winner’s absence demonstrates that the prize was necessary and appropriate”, he added.

Mr Jagland also reminded the public there have been situations where authorities have harshly condemned Nobel Peace Prize laureates, such as Aung San Suu Kyi in 1991, Lech Walesa in 1983, Andrei Shakarov in 1975, and Carl von Ossietzky in 1935.

“The point of these prizes has obviously never been to offend anyone.  The Nobel Committee wanted to say something about the relationship between human rights, democracy and peace. And it has been important to remind the world that today’s are being fought out by persons who took great risks”, said Mr Jagland.

Although there have been several times in history when laureates could not be present at the ceremony, this was the first time the medal and diploma have been placed on an empty chair. Not even the Norwegian Royal Couple could keep to tradition and personally congratulate the winner.

The Norwegian actress Liv Ullman read Liu Xiaobo’s text, through which he reiterates his life’s most important moments that touched him, dedicating his prize to the June 4th victims of the Tiananmen Square bloodbath.

“Freedom of expression is the foundation of human rights, the source of humanity, and the mother of truth. To strangle freedom of speech is to trample on human rights, stifle humanity, and suppress truth. In order to exercise the right to freedom of speech conferred by the Constitution, one should fulfill the social responsibility of a Chinese citizen. There is nothing criminal in anything I have done. [But] if charges are brought against me because of this, I have no complaints. Thank you, everyone.” – Based on a translation by J. Latourelle.



Published on Friday, 10th December, 2010 at 16:36 under the news category, by Nicoleta Sincan.
Last updated on 10th December 2010 at 20:24.

This post has the following tags: liu, xiaobo, nobel, peace, prize, ceremony, award, oslo, thorbjoern, jagland, jens, stoltenberg, liv, ullmann.





  
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