Whistleblower Edward Snowden has been jointly nominated by two Norwegian politicians for the 2014 Nobel Peace prize.
Socialist Left party member and former environment minister Baard Vegar Solhjell, and Snorre Valen said Snowden’s actions had “contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order”.
The nomination means Snowden’s name is now among dozens of others being considered for the award by the five member panel. A public announcement of the list of nominees is not part of the selection process, but occasionally those who nominate a name to be considered make the nomination public.
Nominators include members of national parliaments and governments, university professors and previous recipients. The deadline for submitting a name for consideration is February 1st.
2103’s recipients was the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons “for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons”.
President Barack H. Obama was awarded the Nobel for Peace in 2009 “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”.
To learn more about the awards given by the Nobel Foundation, visit here.
There’s also a great video of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s acceptance speech in celebration of the 50 year anniversary of his award, given December 10th, 1964. In the speech, King says, I must ask why this prize is awarded to a movement which is beleaguered and committed to unrelenting struggle; to a movement which has not won the very peace and brotherhood which is the essence of the Nobel Prize.”
Read about the prize awarded to Monsanto, the creators of Agent Orange, here.
h/t: The Guardian