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Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo wins Nobel Peace Prize

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Latest update : 2010-10-08

Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo has won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced Friday. Liu has been imprisoned several times for advocating political reform in China.

Liu Xiaobo has been arrested many times since participating in the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square. He gave an interview to FRANCE 24 in June 2008 and was soon after arrested by Chinese police. View the FRANCE 24 interview here.

AFP - Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Friday for his struggle for human rights, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said.
   
He 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.
   
Liu, 54, is in prison for helping to organise and disseminate a document called Charter 08, which called for sweeping political reforms in China, including the freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, and freedom of religion.

 

Date created : 2010-10-08

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