Nobel Peace Prize

Snowden and Putin among record 278 candidates for Nobel Peace Prize

Edward Snowden

US whistleblower Edward Snowden, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among the nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, as the Nobel Institute announced a record 278 candidates.

Wednesday, 5 March, 2014, 10:17pm 2 comments

Anti-chemical-weapons watchdog accepts 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

Ahmet Uzumcu, of the prize-winning anti-chemical weapons group, in Oslo. Photo: Reuters

Recalling the "burning, blinding and suffocating" horrors of chemical weapons, the head of a watchdog group trying to consign them to history accepted the Nobel Peace Prize. Fellow winners in medicine, physics and other categories also took bows for their awards.

12 Dec 2013 - 1:01am

Beijing court rejects appeal by Nobel laureate's Liu Xiaobo's brother-in-law

Liu Hui's brother, Liu Tong, addresses the media outside a Beijing detention centre yesterday. Photo: AP

Supporters of Liu Hui say his conviction in June was based on trumped-up fraud charges and aimed at thwarting the increased attention by the rights community on the plight of his sister, Liu Xia , who has remained under effective house arrest since her husband won the Nobel Prize three years ago.

17 Aug 2013 - 3:37am 3 comments

Activists call for Liu Xiaobo's release on anniversary

Protesters prepare to release balloons with a drawing of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo. Photo: Reuters

Activists in Hong Kong held a march on Tuesday morning to call for the release of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was sentenced to prison three years ago on Christmas Day.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

US lawmakers, Chinese friends seek Liu Xiaobo release

US lawmaker Chris Smith (right, in May) said: “We have not forgotten Liu Xiaobo and his wife." Photo: AFP

US lawmakers and Chinese friends of author Liu Xiaobo on Wednesday appealed for his freedom, vowing not to forget the world’s only jailed Nobel laureate two years after he won the prize.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

EU leaders receive Nobel Peace Prize

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel take the plaudits in the Norwegian capital. Photo: EPA

European Union Nobel Peace Prize winners pledged at the award ceremony yesterday “to stand by” the euro, saying the single currency was one of the strongest symbols of unity in the bloc’s 60-year history.

11 Dec 2012 - 4:48am

Talking points

Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra

Ex-Thai PM Thaksin pays a visit

11 Dec 2012 - 3:02am

European Union receives Nobel Peace Prize

(Left to right) European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, and European Parliament President Martin Schulz hold the Nobel diploma on the podium in Oslo City Hall. Photo EPA

The European Union has received this year’s Nobel Peace Prize in the Norwegian capital for promoting peace and human rights in Europe for six decades following the devastation of the second world war.

10 Dec 2012 - 9:18pm

Nobel peace prize winner's harsh sentence demeans Beijing

The deprivations of a jail sentence are not limited to the prisoner. Families also pay the price, emotionally and materially, especially for the sins of the father, if he is the breadwinner. Sadly, society can turn the screw with prejudice and discrimination. But extrajudicial retribution directed at the spouse of a prisoner takes it to another level that makes a villain of the state, too.

10 Dec 2012 - 1:28am 4 comments

Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo stirs debate on EU membership

Chairs are set out ahead of the Nobel Prize ceremony. Photo: EPA

As it struggles for popularity within its own borders, the European Union today collects one of the world's top honours, the Nobel Peace Prize - and in a country that stubbornly refuses to join its ranks.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:12am

Nobel Peace Prize a vote of confidence in European project

The Nobel Peace Prize is, this year, an award for the European Union's success in bringing peace, security and prosperity to what used to be a war-torn and divided continent.

10 Dec 2012 - 1:28am

Liu's fight is not Mo Yan's responsibility

Mo Yan

Criticisms of Mo Yan for refusing to talk about Liu Xiaobo during his trip to Stockholm to accept the Nobel Prize for literature are sickening, mindless and petty. He chose literature, not dissent or human rights, as a career and personal choice. He has every right to stick to his own conscience, which is devotion to literature, and not to follow politically correct fashion.

8 Dec 2012 - 7:54am 21 comments

Chinese writers, Nobel winners call for Liu Xiaobo's release

China refused to allow Liu Xiaobo to attend the Nobel ceremony in Oslo in 2010 – where he was represented instead by an empty chair. Photo: AFP

More than 40 high-profile Chinese writers, lawyers and activists have sent an open letter to the new leader of the Communist Party Xi Jinping, urging him to free jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Thousands sign Nobel petition for Pakistan’s Malala

Injured 15-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai reads cards sent by well-wishers at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

More than 87,000 people have signed a global petition calling for Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, campaigners said on Friday.

The 15-year-old is recovering in hospital in Britain after Taliban gunmen in her native northwest Pakistan shot her on her school bus last month for daring to campaign for the right of girls to go to school.

9 Nov 2012 - 9:57pm

China contacts never stopped despite Nobel row, Norway says

Norweigian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday said that contacts between Oslo and Beijing never stopped despite a row over a Chinese dissident winning the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am