Planet Gulag: The world has many Liu Xiaobos. Here are 15 who matter.

(Text by Freedom House - December 9, 2010)


For the first time since 1936, when the Nazis barred German honoree Carl von Ossietzky from leaving the concentration camp where he was imprisoned, there will be no one in attendance to receive the Nobel Peace Prize this year. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has been forced to cancel the awards portion of the prize ceremonies on Dec. 10 because this year’s laureate, Liu Xiaobo, is currently languishing in a Chinese prison for the alleged “crime” of advocating democracy in the country. To add insult to injury, Chinese authorities have also barred Liu’s family members from traveling to Oslo to accept the award on his behalf.

Liu is just one example of hundreds of innocent men and women around the world who are currently imprisoned because of their political views or for their defense of human rights. All over the globe, citizens who dare criticize repressive, nondemocratic regimes or call attention to human rights violations in their countries are regularly subjected to fraudulent criminal charges, unfair trials, and lengthy prison sentences. In commemoration of International Human Rights Day, here is a small list of some of the most prominent political prisoners from around the world. View complete list…

As published in www.foreignpolicy.com


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