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Chinese dissident wins Nobel Peace Prize. Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Chinese dissident and author, has won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee says it awarded Xiaobo the prize “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” Xiaobo was also a leading author behind the manifesto of such rights in China, Charter 08, published on the 60th anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10th of December 2008.

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Chinese dissident wins Nobel Peace Prize

Published on Friday, 8th October, 2010 at 13:05 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 9th October 2010 at 00:32.

Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Chinese dissident and author, has won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Committee room of Nobel Committee
Committee room of Nobel Committee
Photo: Hans A. Rosbach/Wikimedia Commons


Fraternity

The Nobel Committee says it awarded Xiaobo the prize “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.”

Xiaobo was also a leading author behind the manifesto of such rights in China, Charter 08, published on the 60th anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10th of December 2008.

“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has long believed that there is a close connection between human rights and peace. Such rights are a prerequisite for the “fraternity between nations” of which Alfred Nobel wrote in his will,” it writes in a press release.

Blackout

Xiaobo has been a strong spokesman for the application of fundamental human rights, also in China, for the past two decades and partook in the 1989 Tiananmen protests.

In 2009 Xiaobo was jailed for 11 years and deprived of his political rights for a period of 2 years for allegedly “inciting subversion of state power”.

China’s Deputy Foreign Minister Fu Ying met with Nobel Institute Director Geir Lundestad earlier this summer, and indicated the country would regard the award of the most prestigious peace prize to a dissident as an unfriendly act. According to NRK, she alleges she has ‘forgotten’ the meeting.

Stavanger Aftenblad reports CNN’s broadcasts in Beijing were off the air minutes after the prize was announced.

“CNN’s transmissions have just died,” Twittered Time journalist Austin Ramzy.

A spanner in the works?

The committee’s decision could also sour Norwegian-Chinese trade relations. Earlier this year, Norwegian Labour (Ap) Minister of Trade and Industry, Trond Giske, travelled to Beijing with hopes of Norway becoming the first European country to broker a free trade agreement.

China already imports vast quantities of Norwegian salmon. However, Giske refused to comment about any possible implications in the run-up to today’s award, according to NRK.

China has managed to lift millions of people out of poverty and now has the world’s second-largest economy.

“China’s new status must entail increased responsibility. China is in breach of several international agreements to which it is a signatory, as well as of its own provisions concerning political rights,” the Nobel Committee writes.





Published on Friday, 8th October, 2010 at 13:05 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 9th October 2010 at 00:32.

This post has the following tags: liu, xiaobo, nobel, peace, prize, oslo, committee, thorbjoern, jagland, institute, geir, lundestad, china, trade, trond, giske, fu, ying.





  
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