The Norwegian Tibet Committee would like to congratulate Liu Xiaobo as the 2010
recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Liu Xiaobo is a worthy recipient of the
prestigious award. This award is a signal from the Nobel Committee to honor and
support advocates of civil and political rights in China. It is also a huge
encouragement for Tibetans fighting for fundamental human rights in Tibet.
Liu Xiaobo has been very critical and outspoken regarding Chinese authorities
policies in Tibet. In March 2008, Liu Xiaobo’s name was prominent among the
original 29 signatories of a petition to the Chinese authorities calling for dialog
between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama, noting the “serious mistakes”
in China’s policies in Tibet. In Charter’ 08 he mentions a federal vision for China, in
line with the Dalai Lama’s vision for Tibet.
“This is an inspiration and gives hope for those of us working for human rights in
Tibet and China” said Executive Director of the Norwegian Tibet Committee,
Chundak Koren. “We are also very happy that the Nobel Committee are faithful to
their principles of independency, and does not bow to Chinese government pressure
or threat of economic sanctions”.