(Montreal, Friday, 10 December 2010) – The Canada Tibet Committee (CTC) and its supporters will join celebrations across Canada in support of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.
“This honour for Liu Xiaobo is an honour for all prisoners of conscience, including hundreds of Tibetans, persecuted by the Chinese government for doing nothing more than speaking out," said CTC executive director Dermod Travis."We salute Liu’s courage and integrity, and stand with people worldwide to celebrate this tribute for a man who has worked tirelessly for the right to freedom of expression."
Liu is also a long time supporter of Tibet, openly expressing support for greater freedom for the Tibetan people and championing democratic reform in China.
Serving an 11 year prison sentence for his part in writing and promoting 'Charter 08', which calls for legal reforms, democracy and protection of human rights in China, he had previously served three years in a labour camp for writing a joint letter to China’s President Jiang Zemin supporting Tibetan self-determination and calling for dialogue with the Dalai Lama.
Before his 2009 sentencing he wrote in his 'Final Statement:' "Freedom of expression is the basis of human rights, the source of humanity and the mother of truth. To block freedom of speech is to trample on human rights, to strangle humanity and to suppress the truth."
"By awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Committee has cast a light on the human and political rights of the people in China and Tibet and created a sense of hope," said Travis.
"We now expect governments around the world to follow the Committee’s moral leadership, to press China’s leaders to release Liu Xiaobo and all Chinese and Tibetan human rights defenders that remain in prison, and urge them to take meaningful steps to implement the political and human rights reforms that these advocates are risking their lives to promote.”
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