Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia Joined China In Boycott of Nobel Peace Prize In 2010

Posted by Info on 02/01/2011

Russia has joined China in boycotting this year’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony when jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo will be honoured.The action by the increasingly authoritarian Kremlin is seen as a bid to unite against the causes of democracy and human rights.

The Nobel Committee, which was also angered by China’s refusal to allow Mr Liu’s family to travel to Oslo to collect the award, responded by threatening to withhold the prize for the first time in more than 70 years.

The diplomatic pressure being used by China to persuade countries not to send representatives to the December 10 2010 ceremony in the Norwegian capital was ‘unprecedented’. As well as Russia, Ambassadors from Russia, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Morocco and Iraq have all declined invitations to the ceremony.

The prestigious £1million prize can only be collected by the laureate or close family members.
Mr Liu, who is the first Chinese citizen to be win the Nobel Prize, is serving an 11-year sentence for subversion after co-authoring an appeal calling for democracy and reform to China’s one-party rule by the Communists.
His wife, Liu Xia, has been under house arrest and subject to police escort since the award was announced last month.
And Chinese authorities are said to have ordered other family members to keep quiet while barring them from travelling.

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