Speaker Nancy Pelosi will fly to Norway to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony Friday for recipient Liu Xiaobo.
Liu was awarded for his nonviolent struggle for human rights in China. He was sentenced last year to 11 years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power,” and Pelosi presented a letter asking for his release during a visit to China in May 2009. The House on Wednesday passed a resolution congratulating Liu on winning the 2010 Peace Prize and calling for his release from prison.
“In passing the House resolution yesterday, the American government sent a clear message of support for individuals who stand for non-violence, justice, democratic freedoms and the defense of fundamental human rights,” Pelosi said in a statement Thursday. “As a courageous advocate of peaceful political change, Liu Xiaobo’s message of reform is an inspiration to the entire world.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.