Friday, October 8, 2010
Imprisoned Chinese dissident is awarded 2010 Nobel Peace Prize
In Oslo, Norway, imprisoned Chinese human rights leader Liu Xiaobo has been awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. Xiaobo is incarcerated because he sought to use non-violence as a means of demanding human rights in his homeland.
Chinese state media has blacked out the news about the prize award, given Xiaobo's status. And, the Chinese government issued a sharply worded letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
In awarding the prize to an imprisoned dissident, the committee continues a tradition it has established for itself.
Liu, 54, is serving an 11-year sentence for subversion. He is a proponent for peaceful resistance and gradual change in China.
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