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Nobel Peace Prize awarded to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo

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.

Pro-democracy protesters hold the picture of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo with Chinese words 'Release Liu Xiaobo' during a demonstration outside the China Liaison Office in Hong Kong, on Oct. 8. Liu Xiaobo won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for using non-violence to demand fundamental human rights in his homeland.

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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 NationsUniversal 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.

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