Malala up for Nobel Peace Prize
Oslo, Feb 2: Malala Yousafzai, the shot Pakistani schoolgirl-turned-icon of Taliban resistance, and ex-eastern bloc activists are among those known to be nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, as the deadline expired Friday.
This year’s award will be announced in early October, but speculation was already underway as the deadline for nominations ran out on Feb 1.
Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot by a Taliban gunman at point blank range as she traveled on a bus to school on Oct 9 last year. She was presumably targeted for promoting girls’ education. She has since become an internationally recognized symbol of opposition to the Taliban’s drive to deny women education.
“A prize to Malala would not only be timely and fitting with a line of awards to champions of human rights and democracy, but also would set both children and education on the peace and conflict agenda,” said the head of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Kristian Berg Harpviken.
Others known to have been nominated are human rights activists whose names have been mentioned in previous years, including Belarussian human rights activist Ales Belyatski — currently behind bars — and Russia's Lyudmila Alexeyeva.
Other possible candidates are Israeli former nuclear technician and whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu, who leaked Israeli nuclear secrets to a British newspaper, Coptic Christian Maggie Gobran, dubbed Egypt's "Mother Teresa" for her work to help the poor in Cairo's slums, and Denis Mukwege, a pioneering doctor who founded a clinic for rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee is made up of five members designated by the Norwegian Parliament. It has been known to come up with some surprising — and occasionally controversial — choices, as in 2009 when it honoured US President Barack Obama just months after he took office, or last year when it gave the nod to the crisis-ravaged European Union.
The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced in early October and will be handed over at a formal ceremony in Oslo on Dec. 10.
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