Today (December 28, 2010) is the 55th birthday of Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波), 2010 Peace Prize Nobel Laureate kept in prison by the Chinese government because of his criticism of their repressive policies. Liu Xiaobo is a prominent independent Chinese intellectual and long-time advocate of political reform and human rights in China. He is the most prominent “Charter ‘08” signatory. He was awarded the Peace Prize for "his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China," as stated by the Nobel Committee.
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Cuba, China and North Korean are among the very few countries in the world where citizens who dare to challenge or even criticize government policies are practically kidnapped inside their countries. Their governments even use them for ransom that would benefit their political goals. Furthermore, prisoners of conscience in Cuba are often forced to exile in exchange for their freedom.
Only Hitler had previously prevented a Peace Prize winner and anyone else among his family and friends in Germany from attending this annual ceremony in Oslo. Andrei Sakharov and Lech Walesa were also prevented to receive the Peace Prize by the Soviet Union and Poland respectively, but at least close relatives were allowed to attend. In addition, China exerted huge pressure on many countries demanding them not to attend the ceremony; and some yielded. 44 countries resisted Chinese pressure and accepted the invitation. However, Russia, Iran, Argentina, Colombia & Cuba declined among 19 not attending. [read more ]Read more ...