China trashes idea of Nobel Peace Prize to jailed dissident

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 21:08

Beijing: Amid a growing clamour to award
the Nobel Peace Prize to jailed dissent Liu Xiaobo, China
today lashed out at the advocates of the idea, and said the
man`s actions violated Chinese law and were against the
principles of Alfred Nobel.

Liu is serving an 11-year prison term for his campaign
to bring about multi-party democracy in China, and a growing
number of people are rallying behind the idea of awarding the
Nobel Peace Prize to him.

"The person you mentioned was sentenced to jail
because he violated Chinese law," Chinese Foreign Ministry
Spokesperson Jiang Yu told a media briefing, replying to a
spate of questions on the issue.

"His actions are diametrically opposed to the aims of
the Nobel prize founder" at whose behest the Prize was being
awarded to people who promoted peace between peoples,
international friendship and disarmament.

"I think that his (Liu`s) act is in complete contrary
to purpose of Nobel prize," Jiang said.

Her comments came as speculation was rife that Liu`s
was has been shortlisted for the Prize.

Czech dissident Vaclav Havel has also called on the
Committee to award the prize to Liu as a recognition of his
struggle for restoration of human rights in China and his
campaign to bring multi party democracy to China to replace
the one party monopoly rule of the Communist Party.

Described as China`s Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the
Russian writer who was granted Nobel Prize in 1970 for
campaigning for democracy in the former Soviet Union, Liu, a
writer and university professor is currently serving an
11-year jail sentence.

He helped to draft Charter 08, a plea for political
reform that eventually garnered more than 10,000 signatures
when it was stealthily circulated across China, often via the
Internet.

Jiang defended judicial action against him saying that
China has granted freedom and rights in various spheres of
life and society.

China has granted human rights to its 1.3 billion
people to enjoy "peaceful life and development".

"Some may want China to take some very drastic
measures. It is unacceptable if that effects China`s
development and stability.

"If some one violates Chinese law because of that he
will be handled according to Chinese rules and regulations.
Governance according to law is the best guarantees for human
rights," she said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 21:08

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