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10 December 2010

The prize for peace: Philippines is anti human rights after all

"And before I end, may I just reiterate something I learned from my father: Human rights has to be universal, has to be for everyone. When one’s rights are violated, you set the groundwork for violating everybody’s rights—so all includes our security forces, our peasantry, those below the poverty line, those who have more in this life." - Noynoy Aquino's speech on the 62nd Anniversary of the International Declaration of Human Rights

Photo grabbed from The Washington Post

Just in case you were just out living in a cave, the Nobel Peace prize for 2010 was awarded to Liu Xiaobo (Xiaobo Liu) of China. Mr Liu was declared a dissident because he wanted democratic reforms in his homeland China. Liu has been fighting for in behalf of the Chinese people who have been deprived of their basic human rights. For years he is under arrest and will serve 11 long years for inciting to subvert state power.

Remember Tienanmen Square? He was one of the organizers there.

The Chinese government reacted badly to the news and sending feelers around the globe that they were not happy with a jailed dissident winning the prestigious peace award. They hastily setup a peace award of their own  to coincide with the Nobel awarding, with an awardee not in attendance. Their awardee was not informed earlier.

Our very own Scenes of Crimes Operatives (SOCO) go for a pose

In a bid to regain China's confidence after the bungled hostage taking of Chinese tourists in the country that killed eight, the Philippines scrapped its attendance to the awarding ceremonies, a confirmation that the Philippine government is after all, anti-human rights. That despite being a vocal supporter against Burma's military rule.

But still, I am wonderfully amazed at Philippines' indecision to opt out the Nobel invitation. Ill-advised president again?

The Nobel Peace Prize was the fifth final prize mentioned by Nobel in his will. This maybe to appease all governments for using his inventions to engage in warfare and assassinations.

He said: The said interest shall be divided into five equal parts, which shall be apportioned as follows: /- - -/ one part to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.

More readings:
Nobel Prize: The Nobel Peace Prize 

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