China dissident Liu Xiaobo awarded Nobel Peace Prize in absentia

On December 10, 2010, Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize in absentia. Although the Prize is usually awarded in-person, Liu was unable to attend the ceremony because he is serving an 11-year prison sentence for inciting subversion. Chinese authorities also prohibited his family members from attending. Liu has been a longtime critic of the Chinese government and China's one-party rule. He also served a two-year prison sentence after the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. The Nobel Committee originally announced Liu as a recipient in October 2010.

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