2010 could be China’s year for Nobel Peace Prize

Originally published by Agence France-Presse,03 Oct 2010
By Pierre-Henry Deshayes
OSLO – After its Obama bombshell last year, the Norwegian Nobel Committee could make waves again this year, some predict, by awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to a Chinese dissident.The Nobel season opens Monday with the Medicine Prize, followed by awards for exceptional work in physics, chemistry, literature and economics.

But all eyes are fixed on the prestigious Peace Prize, which could create an upset again this year if some predictions come true.

“If the Nobel Committee is courageous, and I think it will be, it should reward Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo,” said Asle Sveen, a historian and Nobel Prize specialist.

“There’s been talk of a Chinese dissident for the prize for so long,” he told AFP.

Such a choice would certainly infuriate Beijing.

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China divided on Nobel nominee Liu Xiaobo

Originally published by The Australian,01 Oct 2010

By Michael Sainsbury

CHINESE human rights advocates and academics have thrown their support behind the country’s Nobel Peace Prize nominee .

This came after China’s leaders warned Norway not to hand it to him.

Liu Xiaobo, who was imprisoned for 11 years in February – his third stint in a Chinese jail – for speaking out against the system, has been installed as 6-1 favourite by British bookmakers.

But China has mounted a campaign against the author of the controversial document Charter 08. The director of Norway’s Nobel Institute, Geir Lundestad, said Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Fu Ying, a former ambassador to Australia, had warned that any award would affect relations between the two countries. China is oil-rich Norway’s third-largest export market.

“This person was sentenced to jail because he violated Chinese law,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said.

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China sentences 10 activists over court protest

Originally published by  Monster Sand Crities, 29 Sept 2010

Beijing – China sentenced 10 rights activists to as many as three years in prison on convictions of ‘disturbing public order’ by protesting outside a local court, reports said Wednesday.

The 10 men were arrested after six of them chained themselves together outside the main court in the south-western city of Leshan in Sichuan province in February 2009 to protest several court rulings.

The same Central District People’s Court on Tuesday sentenced Bao Junsheng to three years in prison for ‘gathering a crowd to disturb social order’ and gave four other defendants 30-month prison terms for the same offence, US-based Human Rights in China said.

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Villagers Block Work on Dam

A Chinese mining company in Tibet builds on a sacred site.

Originally published by RFA,30 Sept 2010
By Rigdhen Dolma

Local Tibetans have challenged Chinese work crews trying to build a dam near a mountain considered sacred by area residents, according to Tibetan sources.

The mountain, called Lhachen Naglha Dzambha, rises in Driru [in Chinese, Biru] county in the Nagchu Prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), a native of the region now living in exile said.

“The Gyalmo Ngulchu [Salween] river runs through the foothills of this sacred mountain,” the source said.

“Sometime in August this year, a large number of Chinese workers arrived in the area. Local Tibetans were told they were building a dam.”

Representatives from each village in the county then gathered at the site to protest the construction, another Tibetan living in exile said, citing sources in the region.

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Internet Access And Human Rights Highlighted Alongside UN Human Rights Council

Originally published by Intellectual Property Watch,28 Sept 2010
By Kaitlin Mara

Can the digital environment be used in a way that promotes real human rights? A group of activists speaking yesterday alongside the ongoing UN Human Rights Council believes that it can, and provided several examples of work they are doing to make that happen.

The internet can facilitate community building, and help coordinate the activities of human rights activists, speakers said. But there are dangers. There is a new action before the European Parliament that would challenge anonymity online, which demonstrates the risk that new technologies could become new tools in the hands of governments in order to control, rather than to encourage more participation, said Marco Perduca, a member of the Italian Senate for the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational & Transparty.

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China’s Propaganda King Influences Irish Media During State Visit

Originally published by Epoch Times, 29 Sept 2010
By Gerald O’Connor

Li Changchun is accused of terrible crimes. In his role as head of propaganda in China, he has shaped public opinion about the crackdown in Tibet during the Olympics, the crackdown on Uighurs, and the ongoing eleven year oppression of the Falun Gong spiritual movement. Before his current role, he was responsible for a region of China that was among the most brutal in implementing the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China.

Yet when he visited Ireland last week, the Irish media and government were silent about his alleged crimes, and the Irish government even stopped media critical of the current Chinese Regime from entering a press conference with Li Changchun.

Since 2002, Li Changchun has been responsible for all the propaganda produced and propagated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Material produced from his office was used to shape public opinion during the Olympics, when there was a crackdown on anti-regime protests in Tibet. The role of his department was to convince the people of China that the crackdown was necessary to keep the monks of Tibet from interfering with the Olympics.

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China’s Liu tops list of Nobel Peace Prize hopefuls

Originally published by Reuters,29 Sep 2010

By Wojciech Moskwa

OSLO (Reuters) – Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo is tipped to win the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, according to a leading bookmaker, as the Nobel Committee seeks to restore its authority after criticism of the 2009 pick of U.S. President Barack Obama.

Nobel watchers say last year’s decision to give Obama the prize less than nine months into his first term drew more criticism than the secretive Nobel Committee expected, which could favour a “safer” choice in 2010.

The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced in Oslo on October 8.

“I feel pretty certain that they (the Nobel committee) were surprised about how one-sided the criticism was,” said Kristian Berg Harpviken, head of the PRIO peace think-tank in Oslo.

Critics said Obama won the Nobel as a president at war in Afghanistan and Iraq, without substantial wins in foreign policy and after only spelling out his vision for a nuclear-free world, not yet implementing any of it.

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China warns Norway against peace Nobel for dissident

* Beijing says China dissident Nobel would affect Norway ties

Originally published by Reuters, 27 Sept 2010 

By Wojciech Moskwa

OSLO, Sept 27 (Reuters) – The head of the Norwegian Nobel Institute said on Monday that a senior Chinese official told him that awarding the peace prize to a Chinese dissident would affect relations between Oslo and Beijing.

Nobel Institute Director Geir Lundestad’s comments came after Czech dissident Vaclav Havel called on the Nobel Peace Committee to award the prize to jailed Chinese human rights campaigner Liu Xiaobo. Lundestad, who organises the meetings of the secretive five-member Nobel Peace Prize Committee, said China’s Deputy Foreign Minister Fu Ying met him during a visit to Oslo this summer to deliver the message.

“(Such a decision) would pull the wrong strings in relations between Norway and China, it would be seen as an unfriendly act,” Lundestad told Norwegian news agency NTB, repeating Fu’s comments during their meeting at the Chinese embassy in Oslo.

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