More reactions to Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Prize.
11:27 AM, Oct 12, 2010 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Ellen Bork's roundup of Nobel Peace Prize reactions yesterday deserves a postscript. Hugo Chávez of Venezuela sucked up to his ideological comrades in Beijing (not to mention very large customers of Venezuelan oil) in memorable fashion:
Meanwhile, as noted by UN Watch, U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-moon also went out of his way to flatter the Chinese government. His October 8 statement read in part:
One way in which China could "join the international mainstream" went unmentioned by the U.N. chief: Beijing could free its Nobel laureate from prison. “The UN’s two leading voices on human rights issues [Ban Ki-moon and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay] need to be clear and immediately call on China to release Mr. Liu,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch.