China has backing of more than 100 countries, organizations on Nobel Peace Prize   2010-12-07 16:41:42 FeedbackPrintRSS

BEIJING, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- More than 100 countries and international organizations have expressed support for China's stance on this year's Nobel Peace Prize, which will be awarded to convicted Chinese criminal Liu Xiaobo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said Tuesday.

"This shows that the majority of international community members do not accept the Nobel Committee's wrong decision," said Jiang at a news briefing.

Liu was sentenced to 11 years in jail on Dec. 25, 2009, after a Beijing court convicted him of violating Chinese law and engaging in activities aimed at overthrowing the government.

Jiang said the Nobel Committee's decision to grant the Peace Prize to a convicted criminal was tantamount to overt support for criminal activities in China, and a gross interference in China's judicial sovereignty.

"This wrong decision will incur firm opposition from the Chinese people, and it is unacceptable to the vast majority of countries that uphold justice," said Jiang.

In China, human rights experts and legal experts aired their opposition to the award.

A spokesperson of Beijing Municipal Higher People's Court pointed out that the court's decision on Liu's case was based on an adequate factual and legal foundation.

Liu had incited others to subvert state power and overthrow the socialist system through writing incendiary articles and releasing them on the Internet and organizing and inducing others to sign in support of his articles, said the spokesperson.

His actions violated Article 105 of the Criminal Law of the People's Republic of China and he had committed the crime of inciting others to subvert state power, said the spokesperson.

Professor Zhang Xiaoling, director of the human rights research center of the Party School of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said China respected the rule of law, and the Chinese courts handled Liu Xiaobo's case according to the law, which was a judicial act of a sovereign country that should be respected.

The Nobel Committee had awarded the prize to an imprisoned Chinese criminal, which challenged China's judicial authority, and interfered in China's internal affairs, said Zhang.

Zhu Wenqi, a professor of international law at Renmin University of China, said China was a vast and populous country, and its stability had direct bearing on the world order. Responsible international organizations and institutions should weigh their actions against the interests of a peaceful world order.

Zhu said different countries had different legal provisions, but many Western countries had also criminalized the incitement of hatred. China's law was appropriate to its own social and cultural circumstances, which should be respected and understood by other countries.

Editor: Fang Yang
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