Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Liu Xiaobo, a Prisoner in China

ChinaThe 2010 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Liu Xiaobo of China.  He is currently in prison in China, having been sentenced to an 11-year term. 

UN Human Rights experts appealed to the People's Republic of China to release him and others detained for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression in China.  “Liu Xiaobo is a courageous human rights defender who has continuously and peacefully advocated for greater respect for human rights” in China, the experts said in a joint news release.

This year’s Nobel laureate took part in the Tiananmen Square demonstrations in Beijing in 1989.  He had worked as a professor at Beijing Normal University and co-authored the ‘Charter 08’ document calling for multi-party democracy in China.

His wife went to the prison where Liu Xiaabo is being held to inform him of the award.  She was allowed to spend about an hour with him.  She has now also been placed under house arrest.

The People's Republic of China would do well to release Mr. Liu (and his wife), and to allow him to accept this important award.  China is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) but it has not yet ratified that treaty.  UN Human RIghts experts also used the occasion of the award to urge China to ratify the ICCPR.



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Well deserved recognition

Posted by: Employment Lawyer | Oct 12, 2010 8:04:24 AM

It is a fact Liu Xiaobo received nearly a million dollars from the US government via NED grants, to conduct domestic political activity in China, including advocating abolition of China's constitution in "Charter 08".

Such activity is illegal even in US (ref. Foreign Agent Registration Act). But when it comes to China, Liu, who statutorily qualify as a foreign agent, gets a Nobel.

When we harp about "rule of law", yet flaunt it in front of a billion people, what will they learn from us? That we don't really believe in what we say.

So much for your "fraternity between nations", Mr. Nobel.

Posted by: ChasL | Oct 12, 2010 8:41:43 PM

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