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Jailed Chinese Dissident Wins Nobel Peace Prize

A jailed Chinese dissident has won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

But Liu Xiaobo, 54, may not even know about the honour.

He has been in jail since last December, when the Chinese government sentenced him to 11 years behind bars for subversion.

Liu was rewarded for his “long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China,” the Nobel committee announced. The Norwegian body has long believed that there is a close connection between human rights and peace, the committee stated in a press release.

China, meanwhile, said the committee has ‘violated and blasphemed’ the Peace Prize by awarding it to Liu. The government also said the award would hurt diplomatic relations between Norway and China.

Many foreign nations have called on China to release Liu with no conditions.  

Last year, U.S. President Barack Obama won the prestigious prize.