The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, citing his work as an advocate for human rights, including his participation in the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square, and authoring a human rights manifesto that lead to his imprisonment in 2008.
In a statement, the committee said Liu was being honored "for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China." As The Associated Press reports, Chinese authorities were angered by the decision, and tried to downplay the announcement on Friday.
President Barack Obama -- last year's Nobel Peace Prize recipient -- hailed the decision and called on the Chinese government to free Liu. "Last year, I noted that so many others who have received the award had sacrificed so much more than I," Obama said in a statement. "That list now includes Mr. Liu, who has sacrificed his freedom for his beliefs."