Nobel Peace Prize 2012 for Liu Xiaobo

My suggestion for the Nobel Peace Prize 2012: Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese writer and human rights activist.

Yes, I know that Liu Xiaobo already won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 and I know it would be the first time that one person wins the same prize twice. But this is a special situation which calls for a special reaction: The Nobel Peace Prize laureate of 2010 is still in prison in China. If the Nobel Prizes are supposed to achieve anything beyond some newspaper articles for a week after their announcement, then the Nobel Prize committee should display the determination to continue awarding the prize to the last laureate who is still imprisoned and thereby to name and shame China. They should do so year after year after year – until China will have to release Liu Xiaobo.

The outrageousness of China’s treatment of Liu Xiaobo becomes even more apparent when we consider this question: When was the last time that a Nobel Peace Prize laureate was kept in prison by his home country? It was in 1935. The laureate was Carl von Ossietzky. The country was Nazi Germany. (Aung San Suu Kyi was under house arrest in Burma when she was awarded the Prize in 1991.)

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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4 Responses to Nobel Peace Prize 2012 for Liu Xiaobo

  1. Interesting idea. But do you really think the Chinese leadership can be shamed into ANYTHING that isn’t absolutely convenient for them? Especially with the much-discussed turnover in leadership due shortly?

    • Andreas Moser says:

      Not by awarding the Prize alone. But I think if most international leaders, parliamentarians, visiting business people and professors brought it up every week, on each visit, wherever they go, I think it would help. – And then we could address the numerous remaining human rights abuses in China.
      I am fed up that we only treat China as the country where we buy our trainers and plastic toys from. China is executing more people every year than any other country in the world, most of them without any proper trial.

    • I saw a bit of that report, of people executed. We (the US) did 42, in the entire country, yet our good buddies, Saudi Arabia, did 83? Eighty-three, in their significantly-smaller population? Holy cow! I was actually quite surprised at how LOW the count in the US was, especially with how much news reportage the death sentence gets in this country. (Then again, with our extremely lengthy appeal process, most death sentences end with the prisoner dying of old age, or other health problems, first.)

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