Saturday, February 2, 2013

2013 Nobel Peace Prize Nominees

Two of the revealed 2013 Novel Peace Prize nominees are Pakistani Malala Yousufzai and Russian Lyudmila Alexeyeva.  You might recognize Yousufzai from what happened last October when she became one of the most dangerous oppositions to the Taliban by being a girl, going to school, and blogging about the importance of girls' education.  After school, her transportation van was boarded by members of the Taliban, and she was shot three times, including in the head.  She has one major surgery remaining: a metal plate in her head. 

The organization itself does not release names until 50 years later. Yousufzai was nominated by three members of the Norwegian Labor Party: Freddy de Ruiter, Gorm Kjernli, and Magne Rommetveit.  They noted of Yousufzai: "She has become an important symbol in the fight against destructive forces that want to prevent democracy, equality and human rights."  There, of course, could be more who have voted for her, but they are the only ones who've revealed their votes on her.  Unverified reports that the French, Spanish, and Canadian parliament members have also voted for her.  If Yousufzai won, she'd be the youngest recipient at 15 and 1 of 15 female recipients since the Nobel Peace Prize's inception in 1901.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva has garnered both outrage and praise by Russians as a human rights activist in the human rights organization Moscow Helsinki Group.  In 2000, Alexeyeva joined a commission for human rights to advise President Vladimir Putin and later in 2009 joined President Dmitry Medvedev's Council for Promoting the Institutions of Civil Society and Human Rights.  She actively engaged in opposition to the mass deportations of Georgians in 2006.  She co-founded the All-Russia Civic Network with Georgy Satarov.  She's an avid protestor of the 31st Article, the Freedom of Assembly.

Unfortunately, we won't hear who has won until October.  I hope to hear of more female nominees in the coming months.  Last year's nominees were outstanding.

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