According to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, human rights and peace are closely linked; human rights are essential for what Alfred Nobel referred to as “fraternity between nations” in his will.
In its announcement, the Nobel Committee pointed out that, “For over two decades, Liu Xiaobo has been a strong spokesman for the application of fundamental human rights also in China.”
The Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg commented, “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.”
Read the Prime Minister's full comments here.
The Norwegian parliament, The Storting, appoints the five members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, but the Committee itself operates as a completely autonomous entity. The individuals chosen for this prestigious task usually comprise former parliamentarians or men and women who have otherwise played a prominent role in society.
The award ceremony for the Nobel Peace Prize is held in Oslo on 10 December each year.