The global left is pissed off. China is pissed off. The Vatican is pissed off. I’m ever so proud of the Nobel Prize Committee. 😛
Democracy activist and dissident Liu Xiaobo received the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. Or received and received, he’s incapable of receiving it since is is a sc. prisoner of conscience in China. He is not, however, the only prisoner of conscience in China and all of them should be released as soon as possible!
What is important with this award-winner is his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights. Sadly, Xiaobo was sentenced to 11 years in prison and two years’ deprivation of political rights last year. Only two other laureates have won while in prison, one of them Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi in 1991. I think it sends out very clear signals to oppressors all over the world that it is not OK to hinder people from talking and saying their opinion and advocate human rights and basic freedoms.
The best thing about this all is that the Nobel Peace Prize might have recovered a little at least from the errors which been made by awarding Barack Obama (commander of the biggest army in the world) and Al “ManBearPig” Gore etc. Sadly these earlier awards give the Chinese government an easier situation when discussing the Xiaobo- case back at home. Many people who likewise feel sorry for Xiaobo and do think his imprisonment is way over the line will also sympathize with the Chinese Government when they claim that this is just another attack by an American propaganda machine. Hopefully other well-deserved nominees will be awarded further on in the future. Next year I hope for someone from Africa!
This has, in short, been a great Nobel week for humanity. 🙂