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Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russian Human Rights Activist Nominated for 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by Info on 01/03/2011

Anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, the Internet and a Russian human rights activist are among a record 241 nominations for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said that the 2011 field includes 53 organizations and tops last year’s 237 nominees.

Known nominees also include Afghan rights advocate Sima Samar, the European Union, former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya Sardinas, Russian rights group Memorial and its founder Svetlana Gannushkina.

Norwegian politician Snorre Valen says he’s put up Wikileaks for the honor :Wikileaks have contributed to the struggle for those very values globally, by exposing (among many other things) corruption, war crimes and torture.”

Lundestad would not be drawn on how the popular uprisings sweeping North Africa and the Middle East could influence the discreet five-member Nobel panel.
The Internet or social media such as Facebook and Twitter, which have been used to help organize dissent in countries with oppressive governments, could be rewarded.

The laureate or laureates will be announced in October. The prize, endowed by Swedish dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel, includes 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.58 million).
The criteria for the prizes were detailed in Alfred Nobel’s will in 1895. In it, he ordered a Peace Prize to go to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.

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