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The Nobel Committee again ignores Nobel’s will

This prize is not a human rights or do-good prize. The two – excellent – people who are awarded the prize for 2014 have done great work for children’s rights but, unfortunately, human rights is not what Alfred Nobel sought to reward. Therefore the Nobel Committee has, once again, violated the letter as well as the spirit of Nobel’s will. The prize shall award reduction in military violence and end wars Nobe ...

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Nobel Laureates cancel summit as South Africa refuses visa for Dalai Lama

Nobel Laureates have been meeting annually since 1997, gathering those who have been awarded the Nobel Foundation’s most prestigious award to discuss current issues of social conflict and the way to advance in global peace.  As an initiative of the Gorbachev foundation, summits took place in Rome until 2007 since when it started to circulate to different cities.  The 2014 edition was due to take place in Ca ...

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Swedish Professor Nominates Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. In a letter to the prize committee, Swedish sociology professor Stefan Svallfors cites Snowden’s "heroic effort at great personal cost," saying he has "helped to make the world a little bit better and safer." Svallfors also suggests giving the award to Snowden might make up for the "disrepute" incurred by the ...

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Nobel Peace Laureates press Obama on Arms Trade Treaty

US President Barack Obama must take the lead in securing a strong global Arms Trade Treaty, a group of 18 Nobel Peace Prize winners said in an open letter delivered to their fellow laureate at the White House today. Amnesty International, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and Dr. Óscar Arias Sánchez are among the Nobel Laureates, who also include leaders on human rights, humanitaria ...

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Why Isn’t the Nobel Peace Prize For the Champions of Peace?

By Tomas Magnusson, co-president of the International Peace Bureau Leaders of the European Union (EU) will gather in Oslo to receive an increasingly controversial Nobel Peace Prize. Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor and industrialist, established the five prizes by his will in 1895 and there is a growing international awareness that his prize “for the champions of peace” does not go to the recipients Nobel ...

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‘The EU Does Not Meet the Requirements of a Nobel Peace Laureate’

By Gunnar Westberg, IPPNW* - They did it again. The Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union. The Norwegian Nobel Prize committee has again decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize award to a recipient with the intention to encourage the awardee to work for peace, rather than to reward an accomplishment. The European Union was by its founders seen as a peace organization, but has since done little to promote p ...

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Peace Bureau critical of Nobel Peace Prize for the European Union

“For a peacemaking bloc, this is a highly militarized one” The IPB finds the award of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union surprising in that it awards a prize not to a head of state but to an entire bloc of states, thus making it difficult to identify the real recipient. Is the EU really a 'champion of peace’, as Nobel conceived it? Or is it a club of states with many contradictory impulses and ...

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The Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 goes to… The European Union

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 is to be awarded to the European Union (EU). The union and its forerunners have for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe. In the inter-war years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee made several awards to persons who were seeking reconciliation between Germany ...

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