Saturday, June 30, 2012

Nobel Peace Prize: No Nobel Laureate Left Behind?

As heroic Burmese human rights campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi finally been able to accept in person the Nobel Peace prize that was awarded to her back in 1991, does this mean that the Nobel Peace Prize doesn’t leave any laureates behind? 

By: Ringo Bones

Its now official – in June 16, 2012 – Burmese human rights campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi has finally been able to formally accept the Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to her back in 1991 in Oslo, Norway. It took 21 years for Aung San Suu Kyi to accept her Nobel Peace Prize in person because she was subjected under house arrest by the Burmese junta for the same length of time. And she was just recently been freed and allowed travel outside Burma. According to the Nobel Peace prize Committee in Oslo, Norway – Ang San Suu Kyi was proven to be a good moral leader, then and now. Does this spell good hope to those Nobel Peace Laureates who were unable to formally accept theirs? 

The 2010 Mainland Chinese Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo was still unable to formally accept his own Nobel because he is currently serving a lengthy prison term in a Mainland Chinese maximum security prison for his work calling for more freedom for the average Mainland Chinese citizen. Sadly, the Beijing government doesn’t approve of this, denying Liu Xiaobo to formally accept his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. But like Aung San Suu Kyi, his Nobel awaits that glorious day when he will be able to accept in person his Nobel – whether it takes 20 years or more. 

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