MPR praises Norway for awarding Nobel to Liu Xiaobo

“Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to China’s Liu Xiaobo desecrated the prize and could harm China-Norway ties,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu on Friday.

Ma said Liu was a criminal sentenced by the Chinese judicial authorities for violating Chinese law. “What he has done is contrary to the purpose of the Nobel Peace Prize,” he said.

The Wikipedia, on the other hand, defines Liu as a Chinese intellectual, an anti-communist, and a human rights activist widely regarded as political prisoner in China. Liu Xiaobo is the author of Charter 08 (Língbā Xiànzhāng), a manifesto initially signed by over 350 Chinese intellectuals and human rights activists in order to promote political reform and democratisation in the People’s Republic of China. Charter 08 was published on 10 December 2008, on the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since its release, more than 8,100 people inside and outside of China have signed the charter.

As Norway braces for damage to its relations with China for giving the Nobel Peace Prize to human rights activist Liu Xiaobo, the Micronational Professional Registry (MPR) is doing the very opposite. Despite the fact that no Norwegian has ever signed up for membership in the organisation, the MPR has added Norway to its list of recognised sovereign states.

The MPR believes that Norway, and in particular the Norwegian Nobel Committee, has done more than any other country to promote human rights in China, and thus it deserves to lauded, not chided.

“China is in breach of several international agreements to which it is a signatory, as well as of its own provisions concerning political rights. Article 35 of China’s constitution lays down that ‘citizens of the People’s Republic of China enjoy freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of procession and of demonstration’. In practise, these freedoms have proved to be distinctly curtailed for China’s citizens,” the Nobel citation said.

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