Nobel Peace Prize goes to Congolese doctor, former IS hostage

Both tried to put sexual torture to an end in this world


The Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday awarded the Peace Prize to Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and former Islamic State (IS) hostage and human rights activist Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. The Committee said Mukwege had been "the foremost, most unifying symbol both nationally and internationally of the struggle to end sexual violence in war and armed conflict".

Murad, a member of the Yazidi minority in Iraq, was captured by the IS and repeatedly raped and subjected to other abuses. The Committee said she showed "uncommon courage in recounting her own suffering".

The committee said about Dr Mukwege, who has been nominated before: "Denis Mukwege’s basic principle is that ‘justice is everyone’s business’. "The 2018 Peace Laureate is the foremost, most unifying symbol, both nationally and internationally, of the struggle to end sexual violence in war and armed conflicts." Denis Mukwege has dedicated his life to defending victims of sexual violence in Congo.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee received 216 nominations for individuals and 115 organisations.

Only a few dozen of the nominees were known before the announcement, as the committee keeps the list of nominations secret for 50 years.

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