THE Nobel Peace Prize has been won by some of history's most famous and iconic figures like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and Barack Obama. The award is one of five - including Chemistry, Literature, Physics and Medicine - set up by Swedish industrialist, inventor and armaments manufacturer Alfred Nobel. Who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018? Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad have won the 2018 Nobel peace prize. They were recognised for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon in war. The committee said Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege had been “the foremost, most unifying symbol both nationally and internationally of the struggle to end sexual violence in war and armed conflict”. Nadia Murad of the Yazidi minority in Iraq was captured by Isis, raped and subjected to other abuses. The committee said she showed “uncounted courage in recounting her own suffering”. The winners are receiving their award today, December 10 … [Read more...] about Who won the Nobel Peace Prize 2018, who won in past years and what did Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad do?
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Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo probably won’t be told that he is the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, his wife observes, and it’s unclear how he will receive the $1.46 million prize.The Norwegian Nobel Committee is recognizing Liu for his “his long and nonviolent struggle for fundamental human rights in China,” the New York Times reports. He is currently serving an 11-year sentence for subversion.“In a move that in retrospect may have been counterproductive,” the Times reports, “a senior Chinese official recently warned the Norwegian committee’s chairman that giving the prize to Mr. Liu would adversely affect relations between the two countries.”Liu helped negotiate students’ withdrawal from Tiananmen Square and helped craft a 2008 manifesto calling for human rights, judicial independence and political reform. … [Read more...] about Jailed Chinese Dissident Wins Nobel Peace Prize
The good news for Chinese human rights activists this week is that Liu Xia, widow of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, was finally released after eight years of completely unjustified house arrest and allowed to leave China. The bad news is that China is still controlling her by keeping her brother as a hostage. Liu Xiaobo died of complications from liver cancer at the age of 61 in July 2017. China’s treatment of the great democracy advocate was appalling every step of the way, from keeping him under guard like a dangerous criminal to denying him treatment that might have saved his life.His wife Liu Xia, now 57 years old, has been under house arrest and forbidden to leave the country ever since her husband won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. She was finally released this week and allowed to travel to Germany. Liu Xia is not politically active herself and was never accused of any crime, not even the vague charges of “subversion” China routinely employs to lock up critics like … [Read more...] about Liu Xiaobo’s Widow Avoids Berlin Memorial as China Holds Her Brother Hostage
China allowed the widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo to be freed from house arrest and leave for Berlin on Tuesday, her relatives and close friends said, ending an eight-year ordeal that drove the poet into depression and drew intense criticism of Beijing's human rights record. The release of Liu Xia, who has never been charged with any crime, is the result of years of campaigning by Western governments and activists and comes just days before the one-year anniversary of the death of dissident Liu Xiaobo while he was serving a prison sentence for inciting subversion. Liu Xia's brother, Liu Hui, wrote on a social media site: "Sister has already left Beijing for Europe at noon to start her new life. Thanks to everyone who has helped and cared for her these few years. I hope from now on her life is peaceful and happy." Liu's release comes as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is visiting Germany, a country that in May said it would welcome the widow after a recording was … [Read more...] about Nobel Widow Liu Xia Leaves China After 8 Years’ House Arrest
More than two decades after she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will finally be free to give her long-awaited Nobel lecture in Oslo on Saturday. "It is without a doubt one of the great moments in Nobel history," the current head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Thorbjørn Jagland, told AFP. "For these 21 years, Aung San Suu Kyi has shown that it was not only justified to award her the prize but she has also shown herself to be a moral leader for the whole world. Even though she spent most of this time in isolation, her voice became increasingly heard." On October 14th, 1991, the Nobel Committee announced it had awarded the Peace Prize to Suu Kyi "for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights," propelling the petite democracy champion onto the global stage. Suu Kyi was under house arrest at the time, after the military junta refused to acknowledge her opposition National League for Democracy's crushing election … [Read more...] about Suu Kyi to give Nobel lecture after 21 years