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In China, a Nobel Peace Prize winner remains behind bars

Latest award ceremony a reminder of a chair that sat empty 6 years ago

Hong Kong Alliance Chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan, right, and board member Andrew Wan Siu-kin seek the support of citizens in downtown Hong Kong on Dec. 10. (Photo by Kenji Kawase)

HONG KONG -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday received his Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end a civil war that had raged for more than half a century. The medal and honor was conferred to him in person from the chairperson of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, in the presence of King Harald V of Norway, in Oslo City Hall.

Six years ago on this day, Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese literary critic and poet, was awarded the same prize. However, he and his wife, Liu Xia, were not allowed to leave the country to attend the ceremony. Liu Xiaobo was and remains locked up in a prison cell in northeastern China. In Beijing, Liu Xia stays under house arrest.

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