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2010 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to China dissident Liu Xiaobo

China dissident Liu Xiaobo gets Nobel Peace Prize

October  8,  2010    

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to China dissident Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year prison term.
The award is certain to anger Beijing, which had earlier warned against the move.
Mr Liu was the foremost symbol of the wide-ranging struggle for human rights in China.

This person may very well be quite deserving of an HONOR for peace but....

I'm sorry (not really) for feeling like this but the Nobel Peace Prize lost what "meaning" it had (looking at past recipents) when it was awarded to obama - for NO reason whatsoever.

RK wrote:
This person may very well be quite deserving of an HONOR for peace but....

I'm sorry (not really) for feeling like this but the Nobel Peace Prize lost what "meaning" it had (looking at past recipents) when it was awarded to obama - for NO reason whatsoever.

Only Jesus can give you Peace - no thanks to whatever "peace" prizes the world gives, because the Holy Spirit ala the Comforter is THE big peace prize!

Police forcing his wife to leave Beijing to distance her from the media.   I fear communist China will kill Liu now.  

I agree - the Nobel prize has NO meaning.
They gave it to evil people.
Yassir Arafat - chief terrorist
Barak Obama - whitehouse terrorist who destroyed America

Nobel Peace Prize winner's wife has 'disappeared'

October  9,  2010     Saturday

'We're very concerned that the government might use this as a pretext for detaining her,' human rights activist says
The world's newest Nobel Peace Prize winner remained unreachable in a Chinese prison Saturday, while
his wife's mobile phone was cut off and the authoritarian government continued to censor reports about democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo's honor.

Police kept reporters away from the prison where Liu is serving an 11-year sentence for subversion, and his lawyer said that Liu's wife —
who had been hoping to visit him Saturday and tell him the news of the award — has "disappeared" and he is worried she may be in police custody.
Chinese authorities, who called Liu a criminal shortly after his award Friday and said his winning "desecrates the prize," sank Saturday into official silence.

Only an editorial in the state-run Global Times newspaper spoke out Saturday, saying in English,
"Obviously, the Nobel Peace Prize this year is meant to irritate China, but it will not succeed. On the contrary, the committee disgraced itself."

The paper's Chinese-language edition called the award "an arrogant showcase of Western ideology" and said it disrespected the Chinese people.
Chinese newspaper cartoonist, Kuang Biao, posted an image on his blog Friday of a Nobel prize medal behind bars.

In naming Liu, the Norwegian-based Nobel committee honored his more than two decades of advocacy for human rights and peaceful democratic change — from the Tiananmen Square demonstrations in 1989 to a manifesto for political reform that he co-authored in 2008 and which led to his latest jail term.

But there was still no word from the winner himself. The mobile phone of his wife, Liu Xia, was turned off Saturday as she was expected to be en route with police to the prison to meet her husband.
"She's disappeared. We're all worried about them," Liu's lawyer, Shang Baojun, told The Associated Press on Saturday.
He said even Liu Xia's mother had been unable to reach her.

Liu's wife's freedom of movement had been shrinking since the eve of the Nobel announcement when, she said, police came to her apartment to try to get her out of Beijing, offering her a prison visit with Liu.
She wanted to stay for the announcement and planned to hold an impromptu news conference with reporters. But police would not let her leave the apartment and on Friday night, she said she was negotiating terms to visit Liu on Saturday and tell him the news.

Police often force political critics, religious dissenters and sometimes their family members to leave Beijing ahead of sensitive anniversaries, often putting them up in guesthouses and keeping them out of the way for days and weeks.

Freedom Now, an organization that serves as Liu's international counsel, said, "We're very concerned that the government might use this as a pretext for detaining her."
Liu's wife has said she hopes to go to Norway to collect the Nobel medal and its prize money of 10 million Swedish kronor (about $1.5 million), if he cannot.

Two years into an 11-year jail term at the prison 300 miles from Beijing, the slight, 54-year-old literary critic was not expected to find out about the award until the meeting with his wife.

Release unlikely
Shang said it was not likely that winning the prize would have any big effect on Liu's prison sentence.
"Unless (President) Hu Jintao signs some sort of special order ... but there's no precedent for that," the lawyer said.
In past years, China would release certain dissidents after international pressure, but not because they won major awards.

Wife under house arrest, saw him in prison, he was told of award.

Liu Xia, wife of Nobel Peace Prize 2010 winner Liu Xiaobo, tweeted the following message on 10.October.2010, after having visited her husband in prison:

Brothers, I am back; I’ve been under house arrest since the 8th;
I don’t know when I’ll be able to see everyone; my mobile phone has been ruined;
I have no way of making or receiving calls. I saw Xiaobo; the prison told him on the 9th the news that he’s been awarded the prize.
Later matters we’ll talk about in time. Please help me [re]tweet. Thank you.


Nobel panel may not hand out Liu peace prize

November 18, 2010    

The Nobel Peace Prize committee says the award may not be handed out this year because no one from prize winner Liu Xiaobo's family is likely to attend the ceremony.
The prestigious award can only be collected by the laureate or close family members.
Liu, a Chinese dissident, is imprisoned, and his wife is in house arrest.

Norwegian Nobel Committee secretary Geir Lundestad says no other relatives have announced they're coming to Oslo for the Dec. 10 ceremony.  Barring last-minute changes, it's likely the Nobel diploma and medal won't be handed out at the ceremony.

China has pressured countries not to send representatives to the ceremony.
Lundestad said ambassadors from Russia, Cuba and Kazakhstan have declined invitations.

I was thinking about Liu Xiaobo and the Nobel prize.
There is a LOT of money that goes with this prize!
Perhaps the govt of China would permit Liu and his wife to receive the prize
if they gave half of the money to China - perhaps a charity there.

19 countries decline to attend Peace Prize ceremony for Chinese dissident Liu

December  7,  2010

Nobel Peace Prize faces boycott over Liu Xiaobo
China and 18 other countries have said they will not attend Friday's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has said.
Russia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iraq and Iran are among those that refused.

Chinese officials earlier said a "vast majority" of the world community would stay away from the ceremony.
The committee describes Mr Liu as "the foremost symbol" of the human rights struggle in China.
It said in a statement that the envoys of Russia, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Serbia, Iraq, Iran, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Venezuela, the Philippines, Egypt, Sudan, Ukraine, Cuba and Morocco would miss the event "for various reasons".

It said that two more countries, Sri Lanka and Algeria, had not replied, and 44 would attend.
The United Nations' most senior human rights official, Navi Pillay, has been criticised for saying she will not attend.
By way of comparison, the statement said that 10 embassies were absent from the 2008 ceremony for former Finnish President and UN special envoy Martti Ahtisaari.

Meanwhile Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said that more than 100 countries supported Beijing.
"Those at the Nobel Committee are orchestrating an anti-China fuss by themselves," Ms Jiang said.

"We are against anybody making an issue out of Liu Xiaobo and interfering in China's judicial affairs," she said. "We will not change because of interference by a few clowns."
Mr Liu, 54, was a key leader in the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989.
Last year he received an 11-year sentence for "inciting subversion" after drafting Charter 08 - which called for multi-party democracy and respect for human rights in China.

The Nobel Foundation citation read: "Liu has consistently maintained that the sentence violates both China's own constitution and fundamental human rights."
It praised Mr Liu for his "long and non-violent struggle" and highlighted its belief in a "close connection between human rights and peace".

However, neither he nor members of his family will be allowed to receive the prize in person.
His wife, Liu Xia, has been under house arrest since the award was announced, and friends and supporters have been prevented from leaving China.

China clamps down on all dissidents

December  10,  2010    

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo Nobel winner
Nobel committee secretary Geir Lundestad said Liu will be represented by an empty chair ... the strongest possible argument for awarding it to him.

Security added, websites blocked ahead of Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for jailed activist Liu.
Chinese security agents launched a wide-ranging clampdown on dissidents ahead of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned democracy activist Liu Xiaobo.
Uniformed and plainclothes officers guarded the entrance to the compound in central Beijing where
Liu's wife, Liu Xia, has lived under house arrest since the October announcement that her husband would receive the prize.
Officers have guarded her home since her house arrest, but were out in greater force ahead of the award ceremony.

Guards checked the identities of all who entered, while about a dozen journalists stood just outside the gate.
Liu Xia's phone and Internet connections have been cut off, and friends, family and colleagues in the dissident community have been placed under house arrest or tight surveillance.
Several dissidents have been barred from leaving the country, apparently out of fear they might attend Friday's award ceremony in Oslo.
Others have been removed from Beijing by security agents to keep them out of the loop entirely.

Liu's award has elicited a furious and wide-ranging response from Beijing, with daily tirades in state media and regular denouncements from Foreign Ministry officials.
The vilification campaign has rocketed Liu to worldwide fame, in contradiction to China's desire to negate his influence.

Chinese censors targeted CNN, the BBC and the Norwegian broadcaster NRK.  They have repeatedly gone dark in China during news segments about the Nobel Prize’s being awarded to Mr. Liu, only to reappear after the segment is completed.


Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo must be freed!

10 December 2010
The chairman of the Nobel prize committee has called for the immediate release of jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, winner of the 2010 Peace Prize.
There were two standing ovations at the ceremony in Oslo for Mr Liu, who was represented only by an empty chair.
China has been angered by the award and has waged a campaign in recent weeks to discredit it.

Nobel chairman Thorbjorn Jagland praised China for lifting millions of people out of poverty.
He called it an "extraordinary achievement" but warned China that its new status as a leading world power meant Beijing "must regard criticism as positive".

For its part, China's foreign ministry condemned the ceremony as a "political farce".
"We resolutely oppose any country or any person using the Nobel Peace Prize to interfere with China's internal affairs or infringe upon China's legal sovereignty," said the ministry in a statement."
'Quest for freedom'

Actress Liv Ullmann read out a statement from Mr Liu which he made to a court at the time of his trial in December 2009.
8 foreign delegations attended the Oslo ceremony, 16 countries - including Russia, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan - turned down the invitation and the Chinese returned their invitation unopened.

Analysts say many of those who stayed away did so as a result of Chinese pressure.
However, Serbia - which had previously said it would not attend - announced on Friday that it would be sending a representative.

The Serbian government, which has warm relations with China, had come under pressure from within the European Union and from political parties and civil society groups in Serbia to attend.
Beijing had sought to prevent anyone travelling from China to Oslo to collect the prize on Mr Liu's behalf.

The BBC's Mike Wooldridge in Oslo says that to the Nobel Committee, Liu Xiaobo symbolises a message it was keen to send to China - that its growing economic strength and power do not exempt it from universal standards of human rights.
On the other hand, China says the committee has chosen a criminal convicted under Chinese law to serve the interests of certain Western countries, our correspondent says.


Chinese dissident Hu Jia released from jail

I am not 100% sure this is the same person, the spellings are different

26 June 2011  
Prominent Chinese dissident Hu Jia has been released from prison and reunited with his family, his wife says.
Mr Hu, 37, served a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence for "inciting subversion". His term had been set to end on Sunday.

There is a heavy police presence outside Mr Hu's Beijing home and he now appears to be under some form of house arrest, a BBC correspondent says.
Mr Hu's release coincidentally follows that of artist Ai Weiwei last week.

Mr Ai's detention in April had prompted a global campaign for his release. The Chinese authorities say Mr Ai, 53, has confessed to tax evasion offences.
Mr Hu has been silenced, put under close surveillance and banned from talking to the media

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