Pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu receives Swedish rights award

Chinese pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu, who was among key signatories of a 2008 manifesto seeking sweeping political reforms in China, was awarded Sweden`s Olof Palme human rights prize on Tuesday.

Photo: chinachange.org

Photo: chinachange.org

“He has worked consistently for a democratisation of Chinese society, while condemning any form of violence as a political method,” the Stockholm-based Olof Palme Memorial Fund said in a statement.

“Through his research and dialogue-oriented debate articles, Xu Youyu has made a great contribution to the peaceful and democratic development in China.”

Born in 1947, Xu is a philosophy professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Science and was one of the most prominent signatories of the 2008 Charter 08 manifesto that urged a series of reforms in China.

Read more: Zee News

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