8 Oct 2010

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to China dissident Liu Xiaobo

Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been named the winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

Liu Xiaobo: Jailed for 11 years in December 2009

Making the announcement in Oslo, Nobel Committee president Thorbjoern Jagland said Mr Liu was "the foremost symbol of the wide-ranging struggle for human rights in China".

Mr Liu's wife hailed the award, calling on Beijing to release her husband.

China said the award was contrary to Nobel principles and could damage relations with Norway.

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