Chinese Dissident Liu Xiaobo Honored With Nobel Peace Prize

October 8th, 2010 - 7:51 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
liu-xiaobo Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been bestowed with the Nobel Prize in Peace for his long fight for fundamental rights in China. The announcement was made by the Nobel committee on Friday that the former literature professor and writer would be awarded the Nobel Prize in peace this year. The decision of the Nobel committee is likely to attract the ire of the Chinese government which has warned it to refrain from honoring the activist.

In a statement that was released by the Nobel committee on Friday, it was reiterated that the decision to honor Liu Xiaobo with the prestigious Nobel Prize was taken keeping in view his ‘long and non-violent struggle’ in support of fundamental rights in China. While talking to reporters, Thorbjoern Jagland, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee emphasized that over the years Liu Xiaobo has emerged as the symbol of the fight for human rights in China. Thorbjoern Jagland further went on to say that China has indeed progressed as a big power with regard to economy as well as politics, but it is natural for big powers to be under criticism.

Liu Xiaobo is currently serving his eleven year long prison sentence at the Jinzhou prison in Liaoning. Charges of subversion were levied against the activist on December 25 last year for calling for democratic reforms due to which he was given the eleven year sentence. The 54-year-old activist is known to be an advocate for bringing about a change in the political scenario of China in a peaceful manner rather than going into a direct confrontation with the government.

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