Nobel Peace Prize Received by Empty Chair | My Family Travels

Israeli singer Idan Raichel performed with American soul singer India.Arie at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert held December 11th in Oslo, Norway.

The two artists performed “Gift of Acceptance” from their collaborative album titled Open Door.

Unfortunately, the same Open Door policy was not extended to the recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Winner Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese intellectual who has fought for democracy since the student protests at Tian An Men Square, is imprisoned in China and could not attend.

Due to the Chinese government’s prohibition on travel by his relatives, this was the first time since 1936 that no family member or designated recipient was at the event.

Instead, Liu’s empty chair, and his words read by actress Liv Ullman, were a far more potent symbol of how necessary his work on improving human rights for all Chinese continues to be.

Read more at The Washington Post.

Comment on this article

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.