Dalai Lama appeals to China to free Noble laureate

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Dalai Lama
Dharamsala, Oct 9: Tibetan spiritual leader,  Dalai Lama on Friday, Oct 8 appealed the Chinese government to release Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who won the Noble Peace Price 2010, saying that Xiaobo had been put behind bars for exercising freedom of speech.

The Tibetan head, himself a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, said that he has been "personally moved as well as encouraged by the efforts of hundreds of Chinese intellectuals and concerned citizens, including Liu Xiaobo in signing the Charter 08, which calls for democracy and freedom in China".

He said the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's recent comments on freedom of speech being indispensable for any country and people's wish for democracy and freedom being irresistible are a reflection of the growing yearning for a more open China.

"Such reforms can only lead to a harmonious, stable and prosperous China, which can contribute greatly to a more peaceful world", he added.

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