Signatories of Charter 77 and Czech Helsinki Committee Congratulates Liu Xiaobo, Winner of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize

Dear friends from Charter 08, dear Mrs. Liu Xia,

As the guardians of the legacy of Charter 77 we, in the name of the activists and signatories of Charter 77 and the Czech Helsinki Committee that also originated in the pre-1990 era, send our congratulations on the occasion of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to Liu Xiaobo.

We are immensely happy with the awarding of the prize. Please relay to Liu Xiaobo our hope that the Nobel Prize will aid in gaining his quick release from jail, and also in bringing about further concessions from the political state authorities, as well as acknowledgement of human dignity and protection of human rights. As a part of a world-wide effort we will urge for the People’s Republic of China to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 12 years after the Chinese government signed it. By doing this, China will commit to upholding the rights enumerated in the covenant. This covenant, along with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, is a strong link between Charter 77 and Charter 08, between Czechoslovak and the Chinese people. Both of the covenants were an inspiration for both of our charters.

Just as you, we are convinced that Chinese citizens should be guaranteed their basic rights and democratic freedoms, and that Charter 08 advocates the protection of these civil rights.

We wish to help you in this cause with all that is within our power.

We send you brotherly greetings

Prague, 11 Oct 2010

Guardians of the legacy of Charter 77: Rudolf Battěk, Jiří Gruntorád and Dana Němcová;

Chair of the Czech Helsinki Committee, Anna Šabatová

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