October 8, 2010
   Posted in News Flash
By Staff Writer

PRESS STATEMENT OF HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA ON LIU XIAOBO BEING AWARDED THE 2010 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE


I would like to offer my heart-felt congratulations to Mr. Liu Xiaobo for being awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.Awarding
the Peace Prize to him is the international community’s recognition of
the increasing voices among the Chinese people in pushing China towards
political, legal and constitutional reforms.I have been
personally moved as well as encouraged by the efforts of hundreds of
Chinese intellectuals and concerned citizens, including Mr. Liu Xiaobo
in signing the Charter 08, which calls for democracy and freedom in
China. I expressed my admiration in a public statement on 12 December
2008, two days after it was released and while I was on a visit to
Poland. I believe in the years ahead, future generations of Chinese
will be able to enjoy the fruits of the efforts that the current
Chinese citizens are making towards responsible governance.I
believe that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s recent comments on freedom of
speech being indispensable for any country and people’s wish for
democracy and freedom being irresistible are a reflection of the
growing yearning for a more open China. Such reforms can only lead to a
harmonious, stable and prosperous China, which can contribute greatly
to a more peaceful world. I would like to take this
opportunity to renew my call to the government of China to release Mr.
Liu Xiaobo and other prisoners of conscience who have been imprisoned
for exercising their freedom of expression. October 8, 2010

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