Friday, October 8, 2010

China Dissident Liu Xiaobo Awarded Nobel Prize 2010 Thanks To His Charter 08 Book

This week has been a great week for the Nobel Prize 2010 edition. Earlier in the week we presented you the two men who won the Nobel Prize 2010 in Physics for discovering the graphene, and this time we’re going to talk about the Nobel Peace Prize 2010 which has been awarded to China dissident Liu Xiaobo.

It’s not the first time the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to a dissident, and a major factor that probably contributed to this award is the fact that China warned Norway not to give the prize to Liu Xiaobo who has been arrested in December last year because of “state subversion.”
Liu Xiaobo
Liu Xiaobo was a lead activist in the Tiananmen Square and we wrote books about the freedom of speech as well as multi-party elections. Mr. Xiaobo has been arrested in June 2009, and in December 2009 he has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

His book, Charter 08, has been inspired by Czech Republic’s former President, Vaclav Havel (also a dissident), who wrote Charter 77 back in 1977. Do you agree with the Nobel Peace Prize 2010 decision? I remind you that last year the same prize has been awarded to US President Barack Obama.

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