Oct 8, 2010

The National Endowment for Democracy Extends Its Warmest Congratulations to Grantee Liu Xiaobo on Receiving the Nobel Peace Prize

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) joins democrats and human rights defenders in China and around the world in congratulating Charter 08 co-organizer Liu Xiaobo on receiving the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.  Liu Xiaobo's intellectual independence, moral courage, and thoughtful advocacy of democratic approaches to China's challenges have won him deep respect in his own country and abroad.

Among his many contributions to the advance of democratic ideas and values in China have been his work as editor of Democratic China magazine (English via GoogleTranslate) for several years until his arrest in 2008, and serving two terms as President of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, from 2003 to 2007.  NED is pleased to have been able to provide grant support to both organizations for their activities supporting free inquiry and freedom of expression over the years.

NED unites with supporters of fundamental human rights worldwide in calling for Liu Xiaobo's release from prison and for respect for freedom of association, freedom of assembly, and freedom of the press in China.

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Independent Chinese PEN Center statement on Liu's award