Press release, 08.10.2010
Norwegian Prime Minister congratulates winner of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize
“I would like to congratulate Liu Xiaobo, who has been awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for his work to promote democracy and human rights,” said Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.
“The Nobel Committee’s decision directs a spotlight on the human rights situation in China, and underscores the links between development, democracy and universal human rights. Liu Xiaobo has been awarded the prize for defending freedom of expression and democracy in a way that deserves attention and respect.
“China has made huge economic and social progress over the last decades. The standard of living has improved in step with these developments, and the Chinese people have gained greater individual freedom. However, there are still challenges that need to be addressed with regard to several universal human rights.
“Norway enjoys close and extensive cooperation with China. Our ties are longstanding and cover all the areas that link our countries together. Discussions of human rights issues are part of these relations,” said Mr Stoltenberg.
Norway has raised Liu Xiaobo’s case with the Chinese authorities on several occasions.