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Sri Lanka to boycott Nobel peace prize award ceremony

Dec 9, 2010 1:10:32 PM- transcurrents.com

Report from The Human RIghts Watch:

Liu Xiaobo, one of the most outspoken critics of the Chinese government, spent a year and a half in prison after the 1989 Tiananmen Square peaceful protests, and in 1996 was imprisoned for three years for criticizing China's policy toward Taiwan and the Dalai Lama.

Last year, he was sentenced to a further 11 years for co-authoring Charter 08, a petition to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A former university professor, Liu Xiaobo won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. Human Rights Watch honors Liu Xiaobo for his fearless commitment to freedom of expression and assembly in China.

Report from www.sundaytimes.lk:

Sri Lanka joined a host of pro-Chinese countries today in refusing to accept an invitation to the Nobel peace prize awards ceremony in Oslo.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Sri Lanka's ambassador in Oslo would not accept the invitation to particiapte in the Nobel award ceremony scheduled for Friday.

Beijing has protested against the award to jailed Chinese dissident and human rights campaigner Liu Xiaobo.

China has said Liu's nomination is an interference in China's internal affairs.

Apart from Sri Lanka, countries that have refused to accept the invitation include, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iraq and Iran.

Meanwhile, the CNN reported that the U.N. is not going to attend the ceremony. A UN spokesman said that is not unusual. The U.N. was not formally invited and usually does not attend the ceremony unless someone from the organization wins the award, the official said.