October 8, 2010

CHINA: Imprisoned Chinese pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo, 54, wins Nobel Peace Prize

SINGAPORE / The Straits Times / Asia / Breaking News / October 8, 2010

OSLO, Norway

JAILED Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for championing reform in China in a move that is certain to anger Beijing. The writer and university professor was honoured 'for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China,' Norwegian Nobel Committee president Thorbjoern Jagland said in his announcement.

'The Norwegian Nobel Committee has long believed that there is a close connection between human rights and peace,' he added.

Imprisoned Chinese pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2010 'for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China'. -- Photo: Reuters

The award is sure to inflame China's communist rulers who jailed Liu, 54, last year for following the 2008 release of 'Charter 08', a manifesto for reform signed by more than 300 Chinese intellectuals, academics and writers.

The Chinese government has frequently warned the Norwegian Nobel Committee to steer clear of pro-democracy advocates in general, and recently specifically warned them off Liu.

But Mr Jagland insisted that the Nobel Committee has the right to question the human rights record of one of the world's great powers. -- AFP

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