‘Free Mr Liu, he hasn’t done anything wrong’

Nobel chairman Thorbjorn Jagland pronounced today a speech about Nobel Prize on Peace, Liu Xiaobo that by sure was listen in the five continents – less in China, of course. Or by sure, it was listen by the censorship committee of the Chinese Communist Party.

The Jagland words were memorable, great, magnificent and historical. A great lesson of democracy, freedom of expression, human rights, reflexion on what is real development.

In a moment he put as an example of freedom of expression the United States. It was just that spot that contrasted with the current US campaign to silence WikiLeaks, the Liu Xiaobo of the west in this moment. Let us forgive our dear Nobel chairman for such comparison, also because the intention was a good one, to teach the Chinese Communist Party what real development means.

The other big contrast is the angered reaction of the Chinese government. I do not know if they are aware of how ridiculous they sound, especially trying to condemn the Nobel Prize. By condemning Liu Xiaobo, they condemn themselves and past to the history as ignorants and authoritarians. In this case, the Chinese Communist Party has not noble figures like Franklin D. Roosevelt that said ‘Be sincere; be brief; be seated;‘ or they have such figures but under arrest. Or look at this diamond from Thomas Jefferson: ‘A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.’ Those men made US strong and now I understand the idea of Jagland.

And this is what the minister of foreign affairs of China says about the Nobel Prize for Liu Xiaobo:

‘We resolutely oppose any country or any person using the Nobel Peace Prize to interfere with China’s internal affairs or infringe upon China’s legal sovereignty’

No. Asking for democracy, freedom of expression, human rights, is not an interfere in the internal affairs of any nation or infringing its legal sovereignty. It is a government like yours, Sir Minister, that interfere in the legal sovereignty of your own people.

The development of a nation is not measured by the size of its roads and the height of its buildings, but by the freedom and happiness of its people.

Too many people think that China is going to overcome the current economical powers in the world. I don’t think that it will happen in a long time until China reaches the real and authentic sign of development: the great appreciation for humanity.


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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

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