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Disappointing Number of Countries Cave to China’s Bullying on Nobel Prize

Washington

Freedom House is disappointed that 16 countries, instead of showing solidarity with Liu Xiaobo and the principles of freedom and democracy, have chosen to join China in its of boycott of tomorrow’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. 

For the first time since 1936, no one will be present to accept the prize because China has refused to permit Mr. Liu or his family members to travel to Oslo to receive it. Though 44 countries, including the United States, have indicated that they will send representatives to the ceremony, the number of countries boycotting the ceremony rose from 6 to 16 (not including China) over the past three weeks. 

Of the boycotting countries, just one, Serbia, is ranked Free by Freedom in the World, Freedom House’s annual survey of political rights and civil liberties. Three of the countries, Morocco, Pakistan and Venezuela are ranked Partly Free. The remaining countries, China, Afghanistan, Algeria, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, and Vietnam are ranked Not Free. Only Serbia is considered electoral democracies by the survey. Click here to see a graphical representation of the countries.

“All democracies, including those countries for which democracy is only an aspiration, must stand in support of those who are willing to risk everything in its name,” said David J. Kramer, Executive Director at Freedom House.  “It is very disappointing and shameful to see more and more governments caving to Chinese pressure and abandoning support for the universal human rights that Mr. Liu and others fighting for freedom in China exemplify.”

China is ranked Not Free in Freedom in the World 2010, Freedom House's survey of political rights and civil liberties, and Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2010.

For more information on China, visit:

Freedom in the World 2010: China

Freedom of the Press 2010: China

Freedom on the Net: China

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