read all- When the police came for Liu Xiaobo on a December night nearly two years ago, they didn’t tell the dissident author why he was being taken away again. The line in the detention order for his “suspected crime” was left blank.
But Liu and the dozen officers who crowded into his dark Beijing apartment knew the reason. He was hours from releasing Charter 08, the China democracy movement’s most comprehensive call yet for peaceful reform. The document would be viewed by the ruling Communist Party as a direct challenge to its 60-year monopoly on political power.
Liu was sentenced last Christmas Day to 11 years in prison for subversion. The 54-year old literary critic is now a favorite to win the Nobel Peace Prize — in what would be a major embarrassment to the Chinese government.
Portesting the arrest of Lui Xiaobo in Hong Kong
The names of nominees are kept secret by the institute for 50 years. But those who are entitled to nominate are allowed to reveal the name of the person or organisation they have proposed, if they wish to do so.
A number of Chinese dissidents are thus known to figure on this year’s list, including Liu Xiaobo, who was recently sentenced to 11 years in prison for co-authoring a manifesto calling for political reform in China.
Other dissidents on the list, including Hu Jia, Gao Shisheng, Chen Guangcheng, Bao Tong and Rebiya Kadeer, the exiled leader of the Chinese Uighur minority.
A win by any critic of the Chinese regime would certainly provoke rapid condemnation from Beijing, which reacts vehemently each time a Chinese dissident is mentioned as a candidate and which in the past has warned the Norwegian Nobel Committee not to interfere in China’s internal affairs.
AFP: China sentences political activist Liu Xiaobo to 11 years in prison for ‘inciting subversion’