Malala up for Nobel Peace Prize

Prize would be a tribute to champions of human rights and democracy, top researcher says

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Malala Yousufzai
12 Gulf News

OSLO Malala Yousafzai, the 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 yesterday.

This year’s award will be announced in early October, but speculation was already underway as the deadline for nominations ran out on February 1.

Malala, 15, was shot by a Taliban gunman at point blank range as she travelled on a bus to school on October 9, targeted for promoting girls’ education.

She has since become an internationally recognised symbol of opposition to the Taliban’s drive to deny women education, and against religious extremism. It is known that French, Canadian and Norwegian MPs have all separately nominated Malala.

“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.

Belarus, which former US President George W. Bush’s administration had branded as the “the last dictatorship in Europe”, is governed by authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has cracked down even further on opponents of late, rights groups charge.

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 Norwegian Nobel Committee is quick to point out that a nomination should not be interpreted as any kind of recognition on its behalf.



  • Abdullah Bakhsh

    02-Feb-2013 17:57

    She Really deserves it she did a good work God bless her.


    02-Feb-2013 17:37

    `Destination can be delied but it will never be denied,she have show theworld the strength of a woman,good luck MALALA


    02-Feb-2013 16:09

    It is up to Nobel Peace committee to decide whether Malala will beawarded the Nobel Prize on human advocacy of Female Education. I do hopeMalala ideserve it.

  • Atif

    02-Feb-2013 15:31

    Its a shame that the nobel peace prize is given by the governments whothemselves have murdered hundreds of malalas in the AF-PAK region thrutheir drones. Anyways all this is a sham.

  • Bilal

    02-Feb-2013 15:23

    It is just all lie about malala what she did it was a plan which herfather and the US desingned the story.

  • Kareema

    02-Feb-2013 14:44

    I hope this nomination teaches taliban a lesson not to go about shootingeducation and rights activists. this should become a deterrent to thosewho spread wrong views in the name of Islam. Islam doesn't stopgirls/women from getting an education, then who are those that not onlyblame Islam by spreading incorrect views but also assault activists ofeducation! definately not true Muslims

  • SK

    02-Feb-2013 14:40

    Malala really deserve it.

  • Mustafa

    02-Feb-2013 14:14

    One of the biggest drama which happened in Pakistan to make sure drone attacks continue and America keeps hamering Pakistan.

  • Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad

    02-Feb-2013 13:20

    Notwithstanding the fact that this nomination of a third world countryperson is good, it will be highly challenging for the Nobel Peace Prizecommittee to actually make a decision in her favor because unbiased,neutral and third party history books are testimony to the fact thatpolitics play a major role in deciding the eventual Nobel prize winnersin different departments since day one. Nevertheless, on behalf of thehapless and helpless citizens of the global third world countries, Icongratulate the five members designated by the Norwegian parliament toform the Norwegian Nobel Committee for breaking their standard norms andpicking up a citizen of a third world country as a nominee for 2013Nobel Peace Prize. In fact the real show has just started which willtake many twists and turns during the next nine months till the eventualwinner is announced early October this year.

  • Madhu Madan

    02-Feb-2013 13:06

    She is a star . God bless such a courageous girl . She truely deservesthis award.

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She Really deserves it she did a good work God bless her.

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