Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Liu Xiaobo, who participated in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and was jailed in 2008 for advocating human rights.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee today announced the award for the Nobel Peace Prize would go to imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.
Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjørn Jagland said Mr. Liu has been a strong spokesman for more than two decades for human rights in China. He took part in the Tiananmen protests in 1989 and was a leading author of Charter 08, a manifesto demanding basic human rights and political reform in China that was published on Dec. 10, 2008, the 60th anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Mr. Jagland cited Liu’s sentencing in 2009 to 11 years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power” as a key factor behind the committee’s decision this year, and the growing influence of China as the world’s second largest economy.