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Two come to mind right away, and there are probably others as well.  

American Jody Williams won in 1997 for organizing, mostly with that new contraption called the Internet, the international agreement to ban landmines over and above the objections of her own government.

And Guatemalan Rigobertu Menchu won in 1992 for her lifetime of work campaigning for human rights against the US-backed governments of Guatemala.

by santiago on Sat Oct 16th, 2010 at 08:01:02 PM EST
There's also Martin Luther King. But apart from him, it's hard to see the others in quite the same category as Liu Xiaobo. Maybe a better analogue would be to when they awarded the prize to Eugene Debs for his antiwar activity, rather than to the President who kept him in jail. No, wait a moment....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Oct 17th, 2010 at 02:03:55 AM EST
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