Award the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo

first_img News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Organisation Receive email alerts I am here to urge your support of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize being bestowed upon the founder of China’s Charter 08, Liu Xiaobo.In spite of Liu Xiaobo’s many friends and supporters, I came to know him quite late, and we first met personally only a few years ago. In the mid-1980s, when Liu Xiaobo rose to prominence within the literary world, I was a visiting research fellow at Oxford, and became familiar with his ideas through Chinese periodicals published overseas. Contrary to the view held by many, what brought Liu such attention at the time wasn’t merely the sharpness of his writing or his pointed critiques, but also how thorough he was in his thinking and how much more influential his criticisms were of mainstream ideology and dogma in China than those of other intellectuals.Throughout the student-led democracy movement of 1989, I had the opportunity to observe Liu Xiaobo. He had been lecturing abroad for quite some time, but when signs of suppression began to appear and others began making arrangements to flee overseas, Liu Xiaobo instead chose to discontinue his academic pursuits and return to Beijing to immerse himself in the struggle for democracy. On the nights of June 3rd and 4th, I was in Tiananmen Square, not far from the Monument to the People’s Heroes. Liu Xiaobo, along with three other intellectuals, was taking part in the student hunger strike; it was they, who, on the early morning of the 4th, convinced the students to peacefully evacuate the Square and begin discussion with the soldiers suppressing them, negotiating a smooth withdrawal. I remember clearly the difficulty and pain Liu Xiaobo and his comrades-in-arms— raised as they had been with the most radical type of an education — experienced in reaching this decision, one which only later was understood to have saved the lives of several hundred students.Liu Xiaobo’s involvement in the 1989 democracy movement illustrates his transformation from an eminent cultural critic to public intellectual concerned with social and political problems and human rights activist. His activities in 1989 can be seen as formative in the entirety of his following writings and other works, characterized by an unwavering bravery and refusal to back down in the face of danger and suppression, by the pursuit and defense of human rights, humanism, peace and other universal values and, finally, adherence to the practice of rational dialogue, compromise and non-violence.For many years, Liu Xiaobo has been the most representative figure and foremost organizer in mainland China’s struggle for human rights and democracy. He has been at the forefront of protests made in support of writers and intellectuals imprisoned for their work, in appeals made for farmers and urban residents deprived of land and home, in advocating for protection of the religious and cultural rights of ethnic minorities in Tibet and Xinjiang, and in fostering constructive dialogue toward seeing peaceful coexistence between Han and all ethnic minorities. In a series of protests aimed at upholding the fundamental rights of all Chinese citizens, Liu Xiaobo placed consistent emphasis on the fact that the rights and freedoms of all Chinese citizens are protected both by the Chinese constitution and in law, as well as a series of United Nations and international declarations and covenants signed by the Chinese government which safeguard human and civil rights. Liu placed particular emphasis on seeing the Chinese government’s obligation and responsibility to abide by its own constitution and laws as well as international covenants as commitments to both the Chinese people and the international community.In launching and signing Charter 08 in 2008, Liu Xiaobo’s intent was to reaffirm, with the Chinese government already recognizing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and having signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, that these are the norms with regard to interaction between the Chinese people and the Chinese government: to be a qualified and responsible member of the international community would require China to adopt the universal values embodied within these two documents. For this, Liu Xiaobo was imprisoned, his third arrest as a result of striving for freedom and democracy in China. On Christmas Day, 2009, Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to 11 years in prison. In his final statement to the court, Liu Xiaobo said that he had neither enemies nor hate; to those who kept him under surveillance and arrested him, to the police who interrogated him and to the public attorneys who prosecuted and judge who sentenced him, the message Liu Xiaobo felt it most important to convey was that despite their various roles leading to his imprisonment, he considered none of them his enemy. As a political theorist and public intellectual also concerned with social and political problems and the defense of human rights, as well as a signatory to Charter 08, I strongly feel the need to point out that in the judgment read by the court which sentenced Liu Xiaobo, evidence cited to prove Liu’s guilt included his participation in Charter 08, that he collected signatures for it, and even the content of the Charter itself—naked provocation of the universal values held by humankind, common norms held by the international community, and especially of the Chinese people themselves.As I see it, the Nobel Peace Prize both embodies and represents the core values of civilized society: respect for life and faith, the sanctity of the individual and the right to express one’s self. Given that Liu Xiaobo and many others signatories of Charter 08 have faced persecution and oppression merely for reaffirming these values, the blatant challenge they face behooves a response from the civilized world; to bestow the Nobel Peace Prize upon Liu Xiaobo is one of the strongest responses which could be sent. This would, clearly and unambiguously, reaffirm the values held most dearly by humankind, serve as monumental support for the struggle for the freedom and democracy which China’s 1.3 billion people lack, and would mark a major step in defense of world peace. Chinese authorities are able to destroy this country’s constitution and trample upon its laws wantonly, which is why external voices, voices from the international community, are needed to make Chinese authorities pay heed. Bestowing the Nobel Peace Prize upon Liu Xiaobo would serve as indirect opposition to the current state of affairs, as well as a both authoritative and effective signal.Liu Xiaobo’s ideas and actions, in my view, are entirely congruous to the actions and ideas held by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu and Aung San Suu Kyi; all have endeavored to use tactics of non-violence in effecting gradual change, of persuasion and compromise in upholding human rights and in making the transition toward a peaceful society. With protest movements now taking place all across China within every community and at every level, it is imperative we remain vigilant in preventing violent trends from taking hold. Awarding Liu Xiaobo the Nobel Peace Prize would have just such an effect: people struggling for human rights in China and around the world would find hope and strength in rational, non-violent resistance, and see anew the possibility of putting violence and authoritarian rule where they both belong—in the past and behind us all.Cordially Yours,Xu YouyuPhilosopher and professor with the Chinese Academy of Social SciencesHolder of the Olof Palme Chair, Sweden, 2001-2002 ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is circulating an open letter from Chinese philosopher Xu Youxu calling for imprisoned intellectual Liu Xiaobo, one of the authors of the Charter 08 pro-democracy manifesto, to be awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Reporters Without Borders supports his call. Norway’s Nobel Committee is due to announce the winner on 8 October. 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Heisler: Lakers set to go every which way as Anthony Davis makes it official

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOops. Hold the phone.That’s what Pelicans GM Dell Demps did last week when Lakers GM Rob Pelinka rang him up, refusing to even return his calls.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Pelicans also deleted A.D. from the pre-game video clip on their scoreboard, which showed every other player on the roster, before their loss to Denver on Wednesday, which dropped them to No. 13 in the Western Conference standings.Hey, imagine being in their place. Fall in love with young Chris Paul. Lose him to the Clippers. Pick up the pieces of your broken heart with A.D. Lose him to whomever.It’s safe to assume the Pelicans are convinced LeBron James is stealing A.D. in a massive tampering conspiracy and will try to send him anywhere but to the Lakers. Unfortunately for the Pelicans, they control nothing in this but the schedule. They are insisting on doing this on their timetable, not A.D.’s, which means waiting until summer when the Celtics can get in it.Boston is now frozen out with Kyrie Irving on the enhanced “designated” extension to his rookie contract, as Davis is, with teams allowed to have only one at a time.The Celtics can join in when Kyrie opts out of the final year of his contract on July 1, and they are trying to get the Pelicans to wait.“I think Boston has sent a message to the Pelicans,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said.“ ‘Be patient. Wait for us. We are going to be in this, and we’re going to be willing to talk about essentially everyone on our roster outside Kyrie Irving.’ ”“Essentially everyone” means Jayson Tatum, the Celtics’ prize prospect who broke out as a rookie with Irving hurt last spring, leading the Celtics to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.Including Tatum in a deal would probably send Davis to Boston.Of course, the big story isn’t in yet:Where does Davis want to go?Is it the Lakers?Is he as open to playing in Boston?Is any other team viable?With his contract up in 2010, A.D.’s preference has driven this all along. Without an indication he would re-sign in Boston, GM Danny Ainge isn’t likely to offer Tatum.There are no secrets in this. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that Boston is not a “preferred destination” for Davis.On top of that, Davis’ father, Anthony Sr., said he doesn’t want his son to play for Boston because of the way it treated Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics’ star of two seasons ago who was then traded to Cleveland … for Irving.“No loyalty,” Davis Sr., told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “Guy gives his heart and soul and they traded him. … This is just my opinion, not Anthony’s. I’ve just seen things over the years with Boston and there’s no loyalty.”The A.D. Saga is now overflowing into the Celtics’ Kyrie Saga, with Davis’ people reportedly saying A.D. doesn’t want to go to Boston because he thinks Irving will leave.The Knicks, hearing the buzz and dreaming of signing Kyrie and his pal, Kevin Durant, promptly traded Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas to create a second maximum salary slot to make that possible.And we still have five more days until Thursday’s deadline!This story has been on rails since fall, tracking exactly as it looked like it would.If you started out assuming that Davis was eyeing the Lakers when he fired his agent to hire LeBron’s guy, Paul, you have been right on everything that has happened with plot points like A.D. and LeBron going out to dinner after their Dec. 21 game here.Of course, even if the players and their representatives are in charge, there’s a limit to what they can get away with. Announcing Davis’ post-Pelicans plans in the press while under contract to them was unprecedented, suggesting that A.D. has gone from arch-loyal to frantic to get out before Thursday’s trade deadline.The NBA, which had let players muse about each other to their heart’s content, fined Davis $50,000, making him its first player ever cited for tampering.The fine is nothing compared to what the NBA will do if it finds out that real tampering – which is surely going on – is going on.Happily for all involved in Lakerdom … and you know who you are … tampering is almost always verbal and all but impossible to prove (assuming you aren’t caught texting the wrong thing, as Pelinka was with Paul George’s agent).The big exception came in 2000 with a relatively minor violation, a cap-skirting contract between Minnesota and journeyman Joe Smith that surfaced in a lawsuit between agents. With rare proof of the behavior that his owners claimed to abhor but routinely did, Commissioner David Stern nuked the Wolves, taking their next five first-round draft picks.With the Lakers favored to land A.D., there’s the usual hue and cry about players running everything … which, of course, they are and have been doing increasingly since free agency arrived in 1988.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Even if Davis wants to be a Laker, Paul had reason not to mention that part with everyone already sure the fix is in and LeBron is behind it … which, I believe, is true.Here’s where the Lakers are:If Davis really wants to join them, they surely know that by now.If so, the smart option is to wait for summer when they can use their maximum salary slot to sign a free agent like Kawhi Leonard and acquire A.D., too.Trading for Davis now cuts their cap space into the $20 million range, less than elite free agents command. The Lakers would be left with LeBron and A.D., a formidable duo, but one of them would be 34, going on 35 in December, in his 16th season.In the meantime, the Lakers have a coach to put out of his misery after ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan noted that “James’ people” are now signaling that LeBron wants Walton gone.LeBron’s preferences drive everything in Lakerdom these days, In other words, nice knowing you, Luke.When Johnson went off on Walton at the seven-game mark, James’ people signaled something different, that LeBron wasn’t involved.Jeanie Buss has since tried to protect Walton, but LeBron apparently realizes the obvious: With Johnson gashing his young coach amid reports that he wants someone fiery and charismatic like Magic’s old coach, Pat Riley, Luke was already a goner.Fair or not, it’s inevitable and has been for months.“We choose this,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of the coaching profession. “That’s what we have to live with …“I think it does make your job harder when that stuff happens. It’s just not right. I think he (Walton) is doing a terrific job when you have that many injuries.“At the end of the day, we accept it, we know in our job it happens and there’s nothing you can do about it.”Or, welcome to the rest of the Lakers’ season.Even more than Walton’s peril, the Davis story has loomed over them. Despite the polite things their players are obliged to say, they’re all worrying about a post-Lakers future.Related Articles This just in: A.D. dropped the big one on N.O.Things move fast these days. By the time Anthony Davis told the New Orleans Pelicans he wanted to be traded, everyone had been expecting it for months.Last week’s announcement by A.D.’s agent, Rich Paul, just made it official, moving up the schedule so that a trade could go down any time between now and July 1.Now watch the purple and gold-clad bodies begin to fly as the Lakers go all-out to land Davis sooner rather than later … oh, and as they prepare to dump Coach Luke Walton, who was hired to nurture the young guys and will no longer be needed for that. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Some are closer to the blade than others … starting with Lonzo Ball, whom the Pelicans reportedly like … meaning he’s likely New Orleans-bound.Ball, on the other hand, reportedly hopes to end up in New York or Chicago … or Phoenix.Guess again.As nice as Lonzo is, there’s a price to pay for growing up with his father, LaVar, braying grandiloquent nonsense in his ear.Lonzo’s on a five-year rookie contract through 2021, giving him no control of anything. Unless he becomes a better player than he is now, free agency won’t give him his choice of mega-markets.Wild as last week was, and this one could be leading up to Thursday’s deadline, it’s a warm-up for summer when all that looms comes down on everyone, at last. 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