Friday, October 7, 2011
Nobel Peace Prize Important Recognition of Struggle for Women’s Rights,
Says Amnesty International
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(New York) – Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International, issued the following comments today about the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to three women who have fought for womens’ rights and equality:
“This Nobel Peace Prize recognizes what human rights activists have known for decades: that the promotion of equality is essential to building just and peaceful societies worldwide,” said Shetty. “The tireless work of these and countless other activists brings us closer to a world where women will see their rights protected and enjoy growing influence at all levels of government.”
The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to scholar and activist Liu Xiaobo of China. Liu is a prominent government critic who has repeatedly called for human rights protections, political accountability and democratization in China. He co-authored “Charter 08,” a proposal for political and legal reform in China. He is serving an 11-year prison sentence for “inciting subversion of state power”.
Let’s celebrate the Nobel announcement and learn about Liu Xiaobo’s struggle, hopes and dreams for China. A video compilation of interviews of Liu will be presented. This will be followed with an analysis by Portland State University Political Science Professor Bruce Gilley, who recently testified at a hearing titled, “Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo and the Future of Political Reform in China” before the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China. The program will conclude with a call for action by Amnesty International Group 48.
Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Location: Browsing Lounge (Rm 238), Smith Memorial Student Union,
Portland State University
Address: 1825 SW Broadway, Portland (Google Map)
China expressed outrage last week over the Nobel committee’s decision to award its prestigious Peace Prize to incarcerated Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo. But the real outrage is China’s treatment of those who dare to speak truth to power.
Amnesty International is overjoyed for Liu and the spotlight the award places on his unrelenting fight for fundamental freedoms and human rights in China. But Liu won’t be able to celebrate his win with the rest of the world from the confines of his prison cell.