October 9, 2010
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US President Calls on China to Release Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo[Saturday, 9 October 2010, 10:53 a.m.]

 Liu Xiaobo/File picture

Welcoming the Nobel Committee’s decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize
to Mr Liu Xiaobo for his courageous efforts in advancing universal
human values, US President Barack Obama has called on the Chinese
government to release Mr Liu as soon as possible.The Norwegian
Nobel Committee said it has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize to
Liu Xiaobo for his “long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human
rights in China”. The committee described him as the “foremost symbol
of the wide-ranging campaign to establish universal human rights in
China”.“Last year, I noted that so many others who have
received the award had sacrificed so much more than I. That list now
includes Mr. Liu, who has sacrificed his freedom for his beliefs,” Mr
Obama said in a statement issued by the White House yesterday.“By
granting the prize to Mr Liu, the Nobel Committee has chosen someone
who has been an eloquent and courageous spokesman for the advance of
universal values through peaceful and non-violent means, including his
support for democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.”Reiterating
what he said after receiving the Nobel Prize for Peace in Oslo last
year,  President Obama said “even as we respect the unique culture and
traditions of different countries, America will always be a voice for
those aspirations that are universal to all human beings.”President
Obama praised China for its great efforts in lifting hundreds of
millions of its people out of poverty through economic reform over the
last 30 years. “But this award reminds us that political reform has not
kept pace, and that the basic human rights of every man, woman and
child must be respected,” he added.Mr Liu Xiaobo is serving an
11-year jail term in China for co-authoring Charter 08, the manifesto
which calls for democracy and freedom in China.Mr Liu is also
amongst the signatories of the 12-point suggestion to the Chinese
government for peacefully resolving the issue of Tibet during the
peaceful protest in 2008.“We support the Dalai Lama’s appeal
for peace, and hope that the ethnic conflict can be dealt with
according to the principles of goodwill, peace, and non-violence. We
condemn any violent act against innocent people, strongly urge the
Chinese government to stop the violent suppression, and appeal to the
Tibetan people likewise not to engage in violent activities,” one of
the suggestions noted.“In order to prevent similar incidents
from happening in future, the government must abide by the freedom of
religious belief and the freedom of speech explicitly enshrined in the
Chinese Constitution, thereby allowing the Tibetan people fully to
express their grievances and hopes, and permitting citizens of all
nationalities freely to criticize and make suggestions regarding the
government’s nationality policies.”The signatories consisting
of leading Chinese writers, journalists, legal and human rights
experts, also appealed to the Chinese leadership to hold direct
dialogue with the Dalai Lama.

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