An empty chair at Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, International Human Rights Day

Today is a stark reminder that China still has a long way to go when it comes to human rights.

It is International Human Rights Day and also the day for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize. For the first time since 1936, the Peace Prize committee is unable to directly honor the recipient, Chinese activist Liu Xiabao, who is in prison for dissident activities.

The last time this happened the Peace Prize recipient lived in Nazi Germany. Here’s a PBS NewsHour clip:!


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