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In the Footsteps of Gandhi, Mandela, and Havel

LONDON – Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned Chinese writer and human-rights campaigner, will receive the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10. For the first time in history, however, neither the laureate nor any member of his immediate family will be present in Oslo to accept the award.

China’s government has blocked Liu’s wife, the acclaimed photographer Liu Xia, from participating by keeping her under virtual house arrest in Beijing. It has browbeaten other countries into boycotting the award ceremony.