Prevailing Heroes: Nobel Peace Prize Nominees

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The awarding ceremony of Nobel Peace Prize in Olso, Norway.

BALDWIN PARK, CA– Every year, thousands of members of academies, university professors, and officials submit candidates for the Nobel Prizes for the upcoming year. Four Tunisian groups that led the country’s transition to democracy won in 2015.1

A submission is only valid from a nominator who meets the criteria, by February 1st. Those people, such as members of national assemblies and governments of states and international courts are allowed to nominate individuals for this prestigious award.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee is held responsible for the selection and it hands out the Nobel Peace Prize in  Oslo, Norway, during an award ceremony in December. The Nobel Committee invites thousands of people to nominate amazing individuals, such as past winners Martin Luther King Jr., the Red Cross, and President Barack Obama.5

So far, the rumored Nobel Peace Prize Nominees consist of Greek Islanders who all welcomed the Syrian refugees, Nadia Murad, ISIS’s former sex slave who escaped and is now a women’s right activist, Ernest Moniz of U.S. and Ali Akbar Salehi of Iran, negotiators from a nuclear standoff, , President Juan Manuel Santos and rebel leader Timoleon Jimenez, both who ended a prolonged war in Columbia, and Edward Snowden, a National Security Agency leaker.11

But some nominations can cause shocking reactions: Donald Trump was nominated by a mystery patron. Kristian Berg Harpviken, the director of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo stated he was, “ not committed to reveal the nominators’ names.” The rules are that the names of nominees are to be kept secret until a few years later, but it is obvious some of them aren’t.

Agence France-Presse reported that Trump was nominated for “his vigorous peace through strength ideology, used as a threat weapon of deterrence against radical Islam, ISIS, nuclear Iran and Communist China.”

Desmond Tutu, who won the 1984 Peace Prize, supported  three nominations, including Greece’s Good Samaritans called the Aegean Solidarity Movement. Other rumored nominees include German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2015 Time’s person of the year), Pope Francis, Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege, who spent 25 years treating thousands of women brutalized by rape and sexual violence in Democratic Republic of Congo, and 118 Italian Parliament members nominated the Afghan Cycling Federation Women’s Team for their environmental, economic and democratic bicycle.2

The only issue for some nominations is that the prize can be only be shared by a maximum of three laureates. The 2016 Nobel Peace Prize winner will be announced this early October.

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