Unprecedented boycott made by China against Nobel Prize

China’s campaign to boycott the ceremony to award the Nobel Peace Prize got big after another 18 countries joined Beijing’s invitation to not attend Friday in Oslo, writes Financial Times.

Russia, Saudi Arabia, Colombia and Pakistan are among the 19 states.
Norwegian Nobel awards committee has accused China of applying unprecedented pressure to boycott the ceremony.

Nobel Peace Prize was awarded this year to a Chinese dissident, Liu Xiaobo, a prisoner for a period of 11 years for actions against the state.
Beijing authorities have banned dissident relatives to leave the country during the ceremony, some of whom were placed under house arrest.

Nobel Award ceremonies are confronting¬† not for the first time with this kind of protest, but this year’s boycott is the largest in the history of the awards. In 2008, when the distinction was awarded to a Finn politician , 10 states have declined the invitation to Oslo.

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Posted by S.Keslar on Dec 7 2010. Filed under Featured News, Politics. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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