Statement of the MFA on the Chinese Charter 08 and the Nobel Peace Prize Award for Mr. Liu Xiaobo
13.12.2010 / 07:57
December 10, 2010 - International Human Rights Day marks two years since the publication of the Charter 08 manifesto. The Czech Republic considers the existence and publication of the Charter 08, which was inspired by the Czechoslovak “Charta 77”, an expression of emancipation of civil society in China.
December 10, 2010 is also a day the Nobel Peace Prize is to be delivered to Mr. Liu Xiaobo, imprisoned Chinese dissident and leading figure of the Charter 08, as an expression of appraisal and support to all, who by peaceful means strive for freedom and respect for human rights in the world.
The Czech Republic regrets that neither Mr. Liu Xiabo nor his wife has been alowed to attend the Nobel Peace Prize Award ceremony in person. In this context, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterates its call for the release of Mr. Liu Xiaobo from prison. At the same time it continues to follow closely the situation of other Charter 08 supporters.