October 8th, 2010
05:04 AM ET

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2010.

Liu was sentenced to 11 years in prison late in 2009 for inciting subversion of state power. He's 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.

The much-anticipated Nobel Peace Prize announcement was made Friday in Oslo, Norway.

This year's peace prize nominees include 199 individuals and 38 organizations. The Norwegian Nobel Committee does not release the names of the nominees.

The prize's official website says 90 of the awards have been awarded since 1901, and 97 individuals and 20 organizations have received the prize. On 19 occasions, no prizes were awarded.

The Nobel recipient typically receives a prize of about $1.4 million.

President Obama received the award last year.

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  1. Rita

    I thought we decided the last time we awarded this prize that we are only giving this to rock stars in empty suits now!

    October 8, 2010 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
    • variable

      I think they got so much negative feedback that they decided to actually do a better job this time.

      October 8, 2010 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Name one rock star that has won a Nobel peace prize!

      2009 Barack H. Obama
      2008 Martti Ahtisaari, peace in Bosnia
      2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) , Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr.
      2006 Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank, microfinance
      2005 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) , Mohamed ElBaradei
      2004 Wangari Muta Maathai, natural resources and poverty
      2003 Shirin Ebadi, human rights
      2002 Jimmy Carter, peace missions
      2001 United Nations (U.N.) , Kofi Annan, peace
      2000 Kim Dae-jung, peace with North Korea
      1999 Médecins Sans Frontières
      1998 John Hume, David Trimble, peace in Ireland
      1997 International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) , Jody Williams

      October 8, 2010 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Ahuizotl

      Bono? Actually, one year he decided to turn down his nomination because he stood a good chance of winning that year, and if he won he'd over shadow the rest of the band too much.

      October 8, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Geo In TO

    Why are these Nobel prizes still being awarded ? It;s like the Academy Awards for political lobbyists or something ? Winners get a statue and a bunch of money ... for what ? Obama got one, too .... and what did he do ? Was it because he's the first black American president, but let's give him a Nobel prize for peace ? Geez. Talk about pompous events.

    October 8, 2010 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      They're still awarded because nobody cares what you think, Geo. The US is a backwater, we look to the world!

      The prize is meant as a tool to foster peace now and in the future. Your anti-Obama politics and dislike for him has nothing to do with this. It was meant to encourage him, Obama, to work for peace in general, not so much what he has done. You obviously know very little about the world!

      October 8, 2010 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. loser

    What a nobel prize to this aprotester and loser obama for what?it once was prize for honor and discovery that help people,such the scientist that discover dna,medications,treatment,alternative fuel or real activists that have died.

    October 8, 2010 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. You Americans are a curse on this world, your partisan politics and narrow minded world view.
      The Peace Prize is awarded to encourage peace, and human rights are essential to keeping the peace [according to our view].

      October 8, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Alonso

      "or real activists that have died."

      ??? The award can't be given to a dead person

      October 8, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. jen ambrose

    That's an incredible schedule. I've toyed with giving myself one after seeing how well a working mom friend of mine does with hers. It's just so hard, sometimes, to stick with it when something goes wrong, like a jar of applesauce shattering on the kitchen, or a massive toilet miss-mess.

    October 8, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. morris wise, Brooklyn, NY

    Labor union organizers are demanding entrance to China`s industrial centers. Their mission is to form a sit down strike forcing government leaders to raise the wages of Chinese workers. Hopefully the winner of the peace prize will soon be released to continue his fight for the freedom of Chinese workers to be represented by American style labor unions. Expect to see a transit worker in Beijing earning as much as one in NYC.

    October 8, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Eric Fender

    I am exciting about this news. I knew what Mr. liu has done for china. I am really exciting!

    October 11, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |