ExhibitionDec 12, 2010-Feb 23, 2020

I have no enemies

Tore Meek / Nobel Peace Center

In Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo’s defendant’s speech made on 23 December 2009, prior to him being sentenced to eleven years’ imprisonment, he stated: “I have no enemies”. These words inspired the Nobel Peace Center in creating a portrait of the imprisoned peace activist.

The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Exhibition told the story of Liu Xiaobo’s brave and sustained struggle for fundamental human rights in China: from participation in the Tiananmen protests of 1989 and up until Charter 08.

© Kilian Munch Nobel Peace Center

The exhibition also provided insight into today’s China. An extensive photographic series, made in China for the Nobel Peace Center, highlighted the rule of law, the increased expectations and future prospects of the Republic and its people.

In 2009 Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to eleven years’ imprisonment and two years’ loss of political rights for “incitement to subvert state power”. The severe punishment he has received has contributed in making Liu the prime symbol of the struggle for human rights in China.


Photo: Johannes Granseth

The Nobel Peace Prize has previously been awarded to dissidents and human rights defendents, such as Carl von Ossietzky, Martin Luther King Jr., Andrej Sakharov, Amnesty International, Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela. Liu Xiaobo now joins this fellowship of outspoken human rights proponents.

The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate exhibition consisted of photographs, films and texts provided by a range of contributors in both China and elsewhere.

This was the sixth time the Nobel Peace Center presented the Peace Prize laureate exhibition, and for the first time it opened in our largest exhibition hall, the Main Hall.


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