Decision of Norwegian Nobel Committee does not represent wish of majority of people

10:28, December 12, 2010      

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China's human rights experts said here on Saturday that the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee could not represent the wish of the majority of the people in the world and Liu Xiaobo does not represent the Chinese people.

The head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Thorbjoern Jagland, insisted during an earlier press conference that "this is not a prize against China. This is a prize honoring people in China."

Professor Zhang Xiaoling, director of the human rights research center of the Party School of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said, "Liu Xiaobo is an imprisoned Chinese criminal and Chinese courts handled Liu Xiaobo's case according to the law. Therefore, how could Liu represent the Chinese people?"

If the committee really wanted to honor people in China, why wouldn't they select China's workers, farmers and scientists? It is they who make contributions to China's development, and international society has widely acknowledged this point of view, she said.

China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Jiang Yu, said Friday night "We are firmly against attempts by any country or individual to use the Nobel Peace Prize to interfere in China's internal affairs and infringe on China's judicial sovereignty."

Jiang said that China's position "has won the understanding and support of over 100 countries and major international organizations."

Further, China's human rights experts said China was pushing forward its human rights cause in all respects, along with progress in reform and development while maintaining social stability. In the future, China would unswervingly stick to a development road that is in accordance with China's national conditions.

China is a vast and populous country, and its stability has a direct bearing on world order. Responsible international organizations and institutions should weigh their actions against the interests of a peaceful world order, rather than confine themselves to a Cold War mentality, said China's human rights experts.

Source: Xinhua
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