Simone SANDELSON (b. 0)

‘No Enemies, No Hatred’

Oil on canvas
31 78 x 25 12 inches (81 x 64.8 cm)

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Lui Xiaobo in 2010. He was unable to attend becuase he was in Junzhou Prison serving an eleven year sentance for 'incitement to subvert state power'. His chair at the ceremony was left empty in his honour.

His statement at his trial said:

"I have no enemies and no hatred. None of the police who monitored, arrested or interrogated me, none of the prosecutors who indicted me, and none of the judges who judged me are my enemy. I look forward to the day when our country will be a land of free expression; a country where different values, ideas, beliefs and political views can compete with one another as they peacefully coexist.... a country where it will be impossible to suffer persecution for expressing a political view. I hope that I will be the last victim in China's long record of treating words as crimes.'