What we are reading… I have no enemies: My Final Statement | Liu Xiaobo

Shizhimin, a victim of torture, which is widely used in more than 300 forced labor camps located all over China.

Shizhimin, a victim of torture, which is widely used in more than 300 forced labor camps located all over China.

This text was read at the ceremony of the Nobel Peace Prize 2010, which was awarded to Liu Xiaobo ‘for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China’

“Twenty years on, the innocent souls of June Fourth are yet to rest in peace, and I, who had been drawn into the path of dissidence by the passions of June Fourth, after leaving the Qincheng Prison in 1991 lost the right to speak openly in my own country, and could only do so through overseas media, and hence was monitored for many years; placed under surveillance (May 1995 – January 1996); educated through labour (October 1996 – October 1999s), and now once again am thrust into the dock by enemies in the regime. But I still want to tell the regime that deprives me of my freedom, I stand by the belief I expressed twenty years ago in my “June Second hunger strike declaration”— I have no enemies, and no hatred…

For hatred is corrosive of a person’s wisdom and conscience; the mentality of enmity can poison a nation’s spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and block a nation’s progress to freedom and democracy. I hope therefore to be able to transcend my personal vicissitudes in understanding the development of the state and changes in society, to counter the hostility of the regime with the best of intentions, and defuse hate with love …”

Read ‘I have no enemies’ in full here.

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