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Malala up for Nobel Peace Prize

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

  • AFP
  • Published: 21:48 February 1, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: AP
  • Malala Yousufzai

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.

— AFP

Comments (12)

  1. Added 17:57 February 2, 2013

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

    Abdullah Bakhsh, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:37 February 2, 2013

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

    JIMMY, DUBAI, Kenya

  3. Added 16:09 February 2, 2013

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

    MD.SHAHZAHAN ALI, AL AIN, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:31 February 2, 2013

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

    Atif, Delhi, India

  5. Added 15:23 February 2, 2013

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

    Bilal, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 14:44 February 2, 2013

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

    Kareema, Manama, Bahrain

  7. Added 14:40 February 2, 2013

    Malala really deserve it.

    SK, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 14:14 February 2, 2013

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

    Mustafa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 13:20 February 2, 2013

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

    Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad, St. Peters, Missouri, United States

  10. Added 13:06 February 2, 2013

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

    Madhu Madan, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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