Hongkongers in Peace Prize running

Central Station | Charlotte Luo 17 Oct 2019

The people of Hong Kong have a chance of standing in the company of Nobel Peace Prize laureates such as Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela and various international organizations after being nominated for next year's prize by a member of Norway's parliament.

"I have nominated the people of Hong Kong, who risk their lives and safety every day to stand up for freedom of speech and basic democracy," said Guri Melby, a member of Norway's Liberal Party.

She also told newspaper Aftenposten that "what they do has an impact far beyond Hong Kong."

Melby visited the SAR last month and was briefed on the protests by legislators Charles Mok Lai-kwong of the IT sector and the Civic Party's Dennis Kwok Wing-hang.

Melby's move is sure to displease Beijing, which was angered by the Nobel Committee's 2010 decision to give the prize to imprisoned dissident Liu Xiaobo, who has since died.

While the Norwegian Nobel Committee is independent of Norway's government, Beijing froze its relations with the country.

They were only normalized in December 2016 after Oslo pledged to not "support actions that undermine" Chinese interests.

But Hong Kong is a longshot: there were 301 nominations this year before the prize went to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

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