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