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Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo wins 2010 Nobel Peace Price



2010, October 8


Mr. Liu was jailed for 11 years on Christmas Day 2009 for drafting Charter 08, which demands a true democracy and respect for human rights in China. The Chinese foreign ministry had warned the Nobel committee not to award Mr. Liu the price and threatened diplomatic consequences for Norway. The human rights group Amnesty International called Mr. Liu a worthy winner of the price.

Background: In 1989, Liu took part in the protests on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, returning home to China from studies at New York’s Columbia University. He was held in police custody for 21 months after the demonstrations were crushed on June 4 of that year and was sent to a labor camp for three years starting in 1996.


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