Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo awarded Nobel Peace Prize

BEIJING: Liu Xiaobo, a jailed Chinese dissident, has been awarded Nobel Peace Prize for 2010. Making the announcement in Oslo, Nobel Committee president Thorbjoern Jagland said Mr Liu was “the foremost symbol of the wide-ranging struggle for human rights in China”.

Mr Liu’s wife hailed the award, calling on Beijing to release her husband. China said the award was contrary to Nobel principles and could damage relations with Norway. The Nobel Foundation citation read:

“Liu has consistently maintained that the sentence violates both China’s own constitution and fundamental human rights.”

Ending the citation, Mr Jagland said:

“The campaign to establish universal human rights in China is being waged by many Chinese, both in China itself and abroad. Through the severe punishment meted out to him, Liu has become the foremost symbol of this wide-ranging struggle for human rights in China.”

Meanwhile, Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa has won Nobel Prize in literature. Previously, Vargas had written much acclaimed novels like “The Green House” and “Conversation in the Cathedral” and also many essays and plays.

He was awarded the biggest literary honor for contribution in Spanish language Cervantes prize in 1995. He also contested in elections of Peru previously for the post of president. After the announcement of the prize, congratulations started flowing to Vargas.

Vargas himself described this as one of the most wonderful moments in his life and something he has been dreamt of since his childhood days. Nobel in literature was criticized to be much more Europe centric, but with a Peruvian writer getting the writer, the criticism should be put to rest.

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