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Tsvangirai misses Nobel Prize again

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Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has missed out on the Nobel Peace Prize for the second year running after the coveted award was won by jailed Chinese dissident, Liu Xiabo (54).

Tsvangirai was reportedly one of the top contenders for the award together with Afghanistan’s women’s rights activist Sima Samar, Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina and former German chancellor Helmut Kohl.

Tsvangirai was a favourite to win last year’s award but lost it to US president Barack Obama.

He was credited with agreeing to enter a powersharing arrangement with his long-time rival President Robert Mugabe, despite winning the first round of presidential elections in 2008.

He pulled out of the June 27 presidential poll run-off citing widespread incidents of violence and intimidation against his supporters.

Several organisations, including Amnesty International, have however described Liu as a worthy winner of this year’s award.

Liu, who is viewed as a criminal by the Chinese government, was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Christmas Day last year for drafting Charter 08, which called for multiparty democracy and respect for human rights in China.

According to a citation released by the Nobel Committee it “decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2010 to Liu Xiaobo for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China”.

“For over two decades, Liu Xiaobo has been a strong spokesman for the application of fundamental human rights also in China.

He took part in the Tiananmen protests in 1989; he was a leading author behind Charter 08, the manifesto of such rights in China which was published on the 60th anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 10th of December 2008,” reads the citation.

“The following year, Liu was sentenced to 11 years in prison and two years’ deprivation of political rights for inciting subversion of state power”.

Liu has consistently maintained that the sentence violates both China’s constitution and basic human rights.

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