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China makes Nobel prize warning[Upset-China jailed dissident might win]
BBC ^ | 08 Oct 2008 | BBC

Posted on 10/08/2008 6:19:07 PM PDT by BGHater

China has said it hopes the Nobel Peace Prize will reward what it called "the right person", amid reports that jailed dissidents top the list of favourites.

The Prize is to be announced on Friday in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

The Chinese foreign ministry said some past choices had gone against the prize's original purpose of promoting world peace and human progress.

The award went to the Dalai Lama 19 years ago, and dissidents Hu Jia and Gao Zhisheng are on this year's list.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human rights.

Stein Toennesson, who leads the Peace Research Institute in Oslo, says a Chinese dissident is hotly tipped to win.

"The Olympic Games did not bring the improvement many had hoped for, but instead led to a number of strict security measures," Mr Toennesson told AP news agency.

Of the nearly 200 nominees for the Peace Prize, Hu Jia is seen as the most likely contender.

A democracy and Aids activist, Mr Hu is the best-known of China's imprisoned dissidents.

He is credited with chronicling instances of abuse and alerting both fellow Chinese human rights activists and foreign news organisations.

He was convicted last April of inciting subversion, and is now serving a three-and-a-half-year jail sentence.

His wife has been placed under house arrest.

Torture allegations

Gao Zhisheng, another strong candidate, is a writer and self-trained lawyer who defended Chinese citizens against the state, including members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: china; dissidents; jail; nobelprize

1 posted on 10/08/2008 6:19:07 PM PDT by BGHater
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To: BGHater

I would be extremely surprised if the Nobel committee has the intestinal fortitude to award a Chinese dissident. I would bet against it.


2 posted on 10/08/2008 6:25:04 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("[Obama acts] as if the very idea of permanent truth is passe, a form of bad taste"-Shelby Steele)
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To: BGHater

Considering the sort of people to whom they have given this prize in the past, I’d say a likely choice is Odinga. Or maybe Hugo Chavez.


3 posted on 10/08/2008 6:29:35 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

Ackmykneenutjob.


4 posted on 10/08/2008 6:42:54 PM PDT by nufsed
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To: nufsed

he will run a close second,,,never will be given to anyone against the chicoms,,maybe,to drive the point home,,,algore!!! yes a double winning fruitcake!his power would grow tremendously,,,he would save the world,,,from humans,wow!


5 posted on 10/08/2008 7:04:55 PM PDT by coalman (type to slow to be relevant,but I try)
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