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Germany asks China to release Nobel laureate

The Local · 8 Oct 2010, 13:10

Published: 08 Oct 2010 13:10 GMT+02:00

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"The (German) government would like to see him released soon and receive his prize in person. The government has pressed for his release in the past and will continue to do so," spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters.

"He is a brave man, a man who wants to advance democracy and human rights in his country, but one who knows and has always said that this would be a difficult and drawn-out process that should stay peaceful whatever happens."

He added that Liu "has abandoned all (feelings) of hate, and when one reads how respectfully he writes about his guards, one can't help but be impressed."

Liu, a writer and university professor, was honoured by the Nobel committee for his "long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China," committee resident Thorbjoern Jagland said Oslo.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told reporters meanwhile that he did not think the "courageous" decision by the Nobel committee to give the award to Liu would affect relations with China.

"I do not expect this to affect diplomatic relations. This is a sovereign, brave and correct decision by the Nobel Prize Committee. This is not something ... between two states," Westerwelle told reporters.

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China's communist rulers jailed Liu, 54, for 11 years for subversion last year following the 2008 release of "Charter 08", a manifesto for reform signed by more than 300 Chinese intellectuals, academics and writers sponsored by Liu.


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14:41 October 8, 2010 by freechoice
where in the world do you arrest a professor for speaking up for human rights and democracy?
14:52 October 8, 2010 by lordkorner
Let's see now, China?
15:28 October 8, 2010 by Prufrock2010
I applaud the Nobel Committee's decision to award the Peace Prize to Liu as a reaffirmation of those who stand up for human rights at their own peril. This award and its attendant publicity should shame China into releasing Liu from prison, but China has demonstrated time and again that it has no shame and does not yield to international pressure on any issue. Those of us who continue to buy Chinese goods to the detriment of our own economies are complicit in China's intolerance of human rights, and we should also be ashamed. Undoubtedly China won't be moved to change its policies by this award, but the rest of us should be. A global boycott of Chinese goods would be far more compelling to the totalitarian pragmatists in Beijing than the symbolism of the Nobel Peace Prize. Sooner or later each of us has to take a stand and demonstrate by what we purchase, and from whom, what kind of world we want to live in.
09:25 October 9, 2010 by raandy
I totally agree with you Prufroc,,but it is not always obvious that it is made in the PRC,in the US Walmart is 93% goods from China,they have commissioned 5 new ships from Maersk Line the Emma Maersk that holds 15000 containers and has a beam 0f 207 feet does 31 knots and crosses the Pacific in 5days they are larger than a USA Aircraft carrier ,and they return to China empty...sad that world trade has come to this and supports a Gov, such as Chinas,if I know its made in China ,I do not purchase the item.. check out the Emma Maersk Wal-Mart Ship on u tube.
00:25 October 10, 2010 by Prufrock2010
raandy --

Thanks. I checked out the video. You're right.
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