Saturday, November 20, 2010

Honoring Liu Xiaobo

New York Times
November 19, 2010

China’s autocrats have tried pretty much everything they can think of to stop the world from celebrating the courage of Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned democracy activist. It tried to bully the Nobel committee into not awarding Mr. Liu this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. When the committee went ahead, China confined Mr. Liu’s wife to her home, barred others from attending the ceremony, and warned governments not to go.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has rightly decided to proceed with the Dec. 10 awards ceremony. The rules say the prize must be presented to the winner or a member of his family. So the committee is expected to postpone bestowing the medal and the $1.5 million award but read some of Mr. Liu’s writings aloud.