8 Oct 2010

Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo wins Nobel Peace Prize

Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Friday for his struggle for human rights, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said.

He was honoured "for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China," Norwegian Nobel Committee president Thorbjoern Jagland said in his announcement.

Liu Xiaobo

"The Norwegian Nobel Committee has long believed that there is a close connection between human rights and peace," he added.

Liu, 54, is in prison for helping to organise and disseminate a document called Charter 08, which called for sweeping political reforms in China, including the freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, and freedom of religion.

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