Mugabe wins Chinese peace prize – this time for real

October 23, 2015

When I wrote my 1 April 2013 post about President Robert Mugabe getting the revamped Gaddafi award [https://thoolen.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/gaddafi-human-rights-award-resurrected-mugabe-rumored-to-be-laureate/], I could not know that one day he would actually get an award. But according to the Guardian and other newspapers this what happened when he was given the “Confucius award“, which was set up in 2010 as a Chinese alternative to the Nobel peace prize after the Norwegian Nobel committee infuriated Beijing by handing its annual peace prize to the jailed dissident writer Liu XiaoboPrevious winners of the Confucius prize include Vladimir Putin, Kofi Annan and Fidel Castro, none of whom went to collect their prizes at the annual ceremony. The Confucius peace award was created by an institute called the China International Peace Studies Centre five years ago as China’s version of the Nobel Peace Prize (Agence France Presse says the government doesn’t seem to be involved)

Qiao Damo, the committee’s chairman, said: “If Zimbabwe did not have Mugabe as its president, the country would be facing great difficulty – even public security might be in danger”. He added: “Every country’s economy has its highs and lows. Though its economy is lagging behind, [Zimbabwe is] a very stable country [and] stability is precious in the African continent.

Liu Zhiqin, one of the committee’s 76 members, admitted the decision had divided the group with only 36 voting for Mugabe. “Frankly speaking, there were internal concerns about awarding Mugabe the peace prize. I myself have reservations,”… “Mugabe has been in power for such a long time that he could be easily be labelled a dictator, tyrant or despot.”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/22/zimbabwes-robert-mugabe-awarded-chinas-nobel-peace-prize

Source: Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe just won a peace prize | Fusion

2 Responses to “Mugabe wins Chinese peace prize – this time for real”


  1. […] The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, came closest when he said he thought Mugabe’s appointment “was a bad April Fool’s joke”. [see: https://humanrightsdefenders.blog/2015/10/23/mugabe-wins-chinese-peace-prize-this-time-for-real/] […]


  2. […] Awarded by a private company, the Confucius awards have courted controversy since their foundation in 2010. Originally set up under the Association of Chinese Indigenous Arts in China, then-chairman Tan Changliu claimed the award existed to “promote world peace from an Eastern perspective.” But the award has since been banned by China’s Culture Ministry, forcing the organisers to relocate to Hong Kong. The renamed China International Peace Research Center has presented the award to a string of authoritarian political figures who favour a pro-Beijing stance. In 2015, the recipient was former Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, who was accused of a “litany of human rights abuses” over his 37-year term. The organiser cited his “contribution to peace in Africa,” but the award drew widespread international criticism. Mugabe declined to accept the award, which comes with US$15,000 prize money. [https://humanrightsdefenders.blog/2015/10/23/mugabe-wins-chinese-peace-prize-this-time-for-real/] […]


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