Chinese dissident wins Nobel Peace Prize
"I doubt the Nobel will help Xiaobo right this moment, but in the long run it will leave a legacy that is sure to help bring democratic reform and freedom to China, that will far outlast Liu's life,"
- Liu Xiaobo's longtime friend Pu Zhiqiang
The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to Liu Xiaobo, a leading Chinese dissident who is serving an 11-year prison term after repeatedly calling for human rights and democratization, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced.
Liu was sentenced in 2009 for inciting subversion of state power. He is the co-author of Charter 08, a call for political reform and human rights, and was an adviser to the student protesters at Tiananmen Square in 1989.
Liu's wife, Liu Xia, told CNN she could not wait to visit him in prison in northern China and tell him the news. She said she was packing under the surveillance of police officers who have promised to take her to visit her husband the next day.