MELISSA BLOCK, host:

Emily Lau is among those calling for Liu's release. Ms. Lau is a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council and a democracy activist. She's in Oslo, and was at the Peace Prize ceremony today.

Ms. EMILY LAU (Member, Legislative Council of Hong Kong): I thought it was a very dignified occasion. The speeches were very simple and very direct, and told a whole story so rational, so peaceful - and in contrast with the smearing tactic used by the Chinese government. Everybody in the room felt so much for Liu Xiaobo. We all hoped he had been there to get the award, and the whole room was filled with emotion and with respect. It was a very moving experience.

BLOCK: When you heard those words read by the actress Liv Ullman - those words from Mr. Liu, one of the things he said was this: China will, in the end, become a nation ruled by law, where human rights reign supreme.

And I'm wondering whether you share his optimism, his belief that that will happen.

Ms. LAU: I think so, too. The question is whether I will see that in my lifetime. I'm sure that's going to come, but the question is: How long is it going to take?

BLOCK: And one real question is, does awarding the Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo further antagonize Chinese authorities? If you look at their rhetoric around this award and the crackdown, it doesn't look good.

Ms. LAU: Yeah. I mean, they behave in a very hysterical manner - which, in a way is very laughable. But I think the fact that the chairman of the committee stated the case in such a rational way, dignified way - and that's the way the way that Liu Xiaobo has behaved - very, very peaceful.

And that sort of behavior - to use it to fight for democracy and freedom - I hope it will spread to all parts of the world.

BLOCK: Emily Lau, thanks so much.

Ms. LAU: Thank you.

BLOCK: Emily Lau is a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council. She spoke with us from Oslo.

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