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Lech Walesa offers Nobel Prize help. What will happen and who will attend this year’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is still very unclear. The last weeks have seen continued Chinese pressure on countries not to attend, resulting in at least six cancellations, a successful cyber attack against the Nobel Institute’s homepage, and a Trojan horse programme dressed up as a false email invitation from the Oslo Freedom Forum to the ceremony. Chinese authorities have reportedly also offered to release this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, into exile in return for a signed confession, which he has refused.

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Lech Walesa offers Nobel Prize help

Published on Tuesday, 23rd November, 2010 at 13:42 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

What will happen and who will attend this year’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is still very unclear.

Solidarnosk demonstration, Brussels 2010
Solidarnosk demonstration, Brussels 2010
Photo: Gérald Garitan/Wikimedia Commons


The last weeks have seen continued Chinese pressure on countries not to attend, resulting in at least six cancellations, a successful cyber attack against the Nobel Institute’s homepage, and a Trojan horse programme dressed up as a false email invitation from the Oslo Freedom Forum to the ceremony.

Chinese authorities have reportedly also offered to release this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, into exile in return for a signed confession, which he has refused.

Meanwhile, there has also been no representative to collect the prize on his behalf until, possibly, now.

Lech Walesa, Poland’s former president, co-founder of the independent Solidarnosk union, and himself a Peace Prize winner in 1983 for opposing General Jaruzelski’s regime, has offered to represent Mr Xiaobo symbolically during the ceremony.

Perhaps showing little or no solidarity himself, Nobel Institute Director Geir Lund has politely declined. He says the committee’s policy excludes inviting or encouraging past winners to come unless the current Laureate wishes to do so.

“It’s not a huge problem for us that the prize winner cannot be present. The medal, diploma, and money don’t suffer any damage here whilst waiting for their rightful owner,” he tells NTB.




Published on Tuesday, 23rd November, 2010 at 13:42 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: nobel, geir, lundestad, liu, xiaobo, peace, prize, lech, walesa, solidarnosk, jaruzelski, general, policy, ceremony.





  
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