Human Rights Day: UN Calls For Liu Xiaobo’s Release

By Swatilekha Paul, Gaea News Network
Friday, December 10, 2010

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND ( As countries across the world celebrate the International Human Rights Day on Friday, Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights made an appeal to the Chinese government to released Chinese dissident and Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights emphasized that the imprisonment of the activist is an example of the kind of danger and abuses that defenders of Human Rights have to endure all across the globe. Navi Pillay’s appeal to release the activist holds significant as Liu Xiaobo is the proud recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize and the Chinese dissident is all set to be bestowed with the honor despite his absence in a grand ceremony in Oslo on Friday.

The appeal made by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights comes just a day ahead of the International Human Rights Day which is observed on December 10 every year. However, this time that day would be dedicated to the numerous human rights defender who are subjected to abuses and tortures for taking a stand in favor human rights. While describing them as ‘unsung heroes,’ Navi Pillay said that the defenders of human rights have been responsible for changing the course of history by enduring injustice and discrimination and many a times, they have to pay a heavy price for their principles.

With the International Human Rights Day 2010 being dedicated to activist, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights called for the release of Liu Xiaobo by the Chinese government without any delay. Navi Pillay added that she is ready to hold talks with the Chinese authorities for the Nobel Prize winner’s release.

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