Liu Xiaobo

2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Liu Xiaobo is a writer, professor, and political dissident. In 2009, Liu was sentenced to 11 years for inciting subversion because of his involvement in writing Charter 08, a petition advocating political reform in China. Liu was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” 

Dissident upbeat on China after Nobel Peace Prize

Yang Jianli was a PhD student in the US when the Tiananmen democracy movement broke out in 1989. Keen to participate, he went back and witnessed the June 4 crackdown. He said that was 'a point of no return' in his life.

Saturday, 1 January, 2011, 12:00am

Controversial student leader talks of reconciliation with Liu Xiaobo before June 4

Chai Ling, known as 'commander-in-chief' of the student protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989, was fourth on the 21 most wanted list after the crackdown, and a controversial figure in the movement.

'For the past 20 years I have been searching for an answer,' she said. 'On June 3, when I heard machine guns and saw tanks roll in, I felt so much pain.

31 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

More than 1,000 join pro-democracy march

More than 1,000 people protested in a march staged by lawmakers from the democratic camp and various groups in Macau on the 11th anniversary of the city's handover. They marched to the government headquarters, airing grievances over tough living conditions due to rising property prices, inflation and corruption.

21 Dec 2010 - 12:00am


Let's think what Christmas means

Most of us are looking forward to Christmas. What kind of Christmas do you want?

In recent years, many businesses have turned to selling Christmas trees, decorations and gifts. These goods are often very expensive.

I think this is just making Christmas a commercial occasion and we are forgetting its true meaning.

21 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Peace Prize brings hope to exiled dissidents

Exiled Chinese dissidents who gathered in Oslo last week to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony said yesterday the award to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo was not only a much-needed boost to morale, but also a catalyst to re-ignite the long-stalled Chinese pro-democracy movement.

12 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

China has only itself to blame for Nobel fiasco

A long list of human-rights campaigners has won the Nobel Peace Prize since the criteria for the award were widened to include them more than 50 years ago. Until now only one has been physically prevented by his government from going to Oslo to accept it - the late Soviet nuclear physicist Andrei Sakharov in 1975.

10 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

The man who wasn't there - Salil Shetty

There is going to be one empty place at the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony today. Amid the pomp and circumstance, before a packed house of a thousand invited guests and dignitaries gathered for the century-old event, the chair of this year's recipient, Liu Xiaobo , will be vacant.

10 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Top economist barred from leaving country

Prominent economist Mao Yushi was barred from leaving China, for the first time in many years, apparently because the authorities fear he might go to Oslo to attend the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony next week to support jailed laureate Liu Xiaobo .

3 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Police take Christian leader, family from home

Police took a Christian legal scholar and rights activist from his Beijing home for interrogation this week, along with his wife and young son, as the government's crackdown on the dissident community continues unabated ahead of next month's Nobel Prize awards ceremony.

26 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Peace Prize a step towards Liu's democracy's cause?

For many years after market reform started in the early 1980s, the people and government of the People's Republic waited impatiently for their first Nobel Prize to glorify their scientific and literary advancements.

11 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Legco vetoes Liu idea

Hong Kong's Legislative Council voted against a plan to ask Beijing to free Liu Xiaobo . Liu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize this year, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for subversion.

The motion to ask Beijing to free Liu had 22 votes in favour and 28 votes against. Liu won the prize for promoting human rights and peaceful democratic change for more than two decades.

5 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

The Legislative Council

The Legislative Council yesterday vetoed a non-binding motion urging Beijing to free jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. Tabled by Wong Yuk-man of the League of Social Democrats, it was supported by 22 pan-democrats and opposed by 28 pro-government lawmakers, with one abstention. The debate got off to a slow start and lasted 31/2 hours.

4 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Nobel Prize winner is a true patriot

I am very happy that imprisoned human rights activist Liu Xiaobo received this year's Nobel Peace Prize. The committee cited his 'long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.'

Liu has been fighting for human rights on the mainland for a long time. His award was built on sweat and tears.

2 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Administration is not ready for security laws

'Two systems', despite initial doubts, has received unanimous praise for ensuring a smooth transition for Hong Kong.

18 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Encouraging support for political reform from mainland newspapers

Several national and provincial newspapers urged China's political leaders to adopt political reforms as the plenary session of the Communist Party's Central Committee prepared for its meeting last Wednesday ('Mainland media's political reform push gathers steam', October 14 ).

17 Oct 2010 - 12:00am