Malala Yousafzai nominated for nobel peace prize

- Pakistani

Pakistani young girl, Malala Yousafzai is among the nominees for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, along with US whistleblower Edward Snowden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Nobel Institute announced Tuesday a record 278 candidates.

The Nobel committee organised Tuesday for the first time this year to examine the candidate list and will announce the honouree in Oslo on October 10.

The committee refused to reveal the identity of any of the nominees. Lundestad said that 47 of the 278 candidates were organisations.

The former KGB agent is credited with stopping a US attack against Syria by suggesting putting Bashar al-Assad’s government’s chemical weapons store under international control.

Being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize is relatively easy, since thousands of people can suggest candidates: lawmakers and ministers, university professors and former laureates.

At their first meeting, the five committee members themselves can add more names to the list. The committee insists that being nominated does not suggest an endorsement on its part.

Edward Snowden, former US security contractor for the National Security Agency, is in the list.

He has been provided asylum in Russia and is accused in his country of disclosing a large number of classified documents regarding a US global surveillance programme.

Other figures with a similar profile, such as Julian Assange – founder of WikiLeaks – and Chelsea Manning are also known to be on the list.

Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl. She was was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman at point blank range for promoting girls’ education in the Swat area of Pakistan, She was wounded seriously.

She is again known to be nominated, after being considered one of the favourites last year (2013).

Some other names which are known to be on the list include jailed Belarussian rights activist Ales Belyatski and Denis Mukwege, a pioneering doctor who founded a clinic for rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo, both nominated in the past.

Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and one of the few experts to speculate openly on the winner, said his favourite for this year was Pope Francis for his efforts to redistribute wealth in the world.

Asked about the situation in Ukraine, Berg Harpviken said it was difficult to point out an individual or an organisation that could play a major role in the region in the months to come.


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