According to the news agency AFP, the Nobel Institute announced on Wednesday that 305 people had applied for the Nobel Peace Prize this year. According to the institute’s website, the nominations include 212 individuals and 93 organisations, which are fewer than the record 376 registered in 2016.
According to the Nobel statutes, the candidates’ identities are kept secret for fifty years.
Those qualified to designate, on the other hand, including previous laureates, administrators and cabinet ministers from any country on the planet, and some college teachers, are permitted to reveal the name of the individual or organisation they have proposed.
The majority of the names that have been made public thus far are either opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin or participants in Ukraine’s nearly one-year-long conflict.
Among them are Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and a Ukrainian group working to establish an international war crimes tribunal.
Anti-Putin detainees have been nominated, including anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny, who was poisoned, journalist and political activist Vladimir Kara-Murza, and the pro-democracy youth movement Vesna.
This year’s list is expected to include climate activists Greta Thunberg of Sweden and Vanessa Nakate of Uganda, Iranian women’s activist Masih Alinejad and her anti-hijab movement My Stealthy Freedom, and the Salvation Army.
Pro-democracy activists from China and Hong Kong—Chow Hang-tung, Peng Lifa, and the group Uyghur Tribunal—as well as Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations, Kyaw Moe Tun—who was fired by the junta but is still in his position—the anti-junta coalition NUCC, and Maggie Gobran—who helps the poor in Cairo’s slums—are believed to have been nominated.
The previous year, Memorial, a Russian human rights organisation, the Center for Civil Liberties (CCL) of Ukraine, and Ales Bialiatski, a jailed Belarusian rights advocate, shared the Nobel Peace Prize. These three people represented the three countries at the heart of the Ukrainian conflict, all of which have been criticised.
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