Chinese citizen, Liu Xiaobo, has just won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize despite still being held in a prison at Jinzhou.
Liu Xiaobo’s fight for human rights and freedom of expression for his countrymen began back in 1989, when he joined a student protest at Tiananmen Square. That demonstration was subsequently crushed by the Chinese military just two days later, on the night of June 4th.
Liu Xiaobo had been working as a Chinese literature lecturer up until that point, but his involvement in those protests cost him his job. The brutality of that crackdown also turned him into China’s most famous activist as he vehemently spoke out against the government’s hard line rule.
The Tiananmen protests resulted in Mr. Liu getting his first prison sentence and he was also sentenced to three years in a re-education camp back in 1996. While inside, he got married to his present wife, Liu Xia.
Mr. Liu’s life after he was released continued in much the same way as it did before, as he remained a staunch advocate for human rights. Mr. Liu also spent much of his time writing articles and spreading word of the CCP’s grip on power and he soon became the organization’s number 1 enemy.
Mr. Liu was also known to have played a key role in the Charter 08 manifesto, which called for democratic political reforms and the end of one-party rule, guaranteed human rights, freedom of expression and an independent judiciary. The charter was announced on the 10th of December 2008 and Mr. Liu was once again arrested two days prior to that declaration.
He was subsequently thrown into solitary confinement for six months before being sentenced to 11 years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power”.
Mr. Liu Xiaobo has been in prison ever since that time, but his imprisonment has only increased the awards and recognition from the outside world – culminating with this most recent prestigious award.