Not So Nobel: 19 Countries Support China's Jailing of Peace Prize Winner

Dec 7, 2010
Exec. Prod. of Franchises & Series. He previously reported for HuffPost, L.A. Daily Journal, and Biloxi Sun-Herald.
Somebody's looking for trouble. (Photo: Reuters Pictures).

China was displeased when human rights activist Liu Xiaobo was awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize. The dissident, who is serving an 11-year prison sentence, fell afoul of China's rulers for calling for the end of Communist one-party rule and the establishment of a democracy that respects human rights.

Beijing has dismissed the Nobel award by saying China would not change because of "interference by a few clowns."

There was little question that China would stay away from Friday's ceremony in Norway.

Beijing has also convinced a thug's gallery of nations to boycott the ceremony along with them.

The 19 countries invested in keeping their distance from a ceremony honoring a democracy activist are:

  • Russia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Colombia
  • Tunisia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Pakistan
  • Serbia
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Vietnam
  • Afghanistan
  • Venezuela
  • Philippines
  • Egypt
  • Sudan
  • Ukraine
  • Cuba
  • Morocco
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