Pakistani girl nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

February 4, 2013 by  
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This year’s award will be announced in early October, but speculation was already underway as the deadline for nominations ran out on February 1.

Pakistani girl nominated for Nobel Peace PrizeNorway, February 01, 2013: Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by Taliban, is known to have been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

“A prize to Yousafzai would not only be timely and fitting with a line of awards to champions of human rights and democracy, but also … would set both children and education on the peace and conflict agenda,” said Kristian Berg Harpviken, head of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo.

This year’s award will be announced in early October, but speculation was already underway as the deadline for nominations ran out on February 1.

Yousafzai, 15, was shot by a Taliban gunman at point blank range as she travelled on a bus to school in October last year for promoting girls’ education.

Others known to have been nominated are human rights activists whose names have been mentioned in previous years, including Belarussian human rights activist Ales Belyatski, currently in jail, and Russia’s Lyudmila Alexeyeva.

Belarus, which former US President George W. Bush’s administration qualified as the “the last dictatorship in Europe”, is governed by authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has cracked down even further on opponents oflate, rights groups allege.

In neighbouring Russia, authorities “unleashed the worst political crackdown in Russia’s post-Soviet history,” according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Trying to predict who will win the Nobel Peace Prize is a difficult task, complicated by the fact that the list of nominees each year is kept secret for 50 years.

But thousands of people are eligible to nominate candidates, including former laureates, members of parliament and government around the world, some university professors and members of certain international organizations, and they are allowed to reveal the names they have put forward.

As a result, it is known that French, Canadian and Norwegian MPs have all separately nominated Yousafzai.

Beliatsky’s and Alexeyeva’s names have meanwhile been put forward by two Norwegian lawmakers.

– ndtv

Oslo candidates Malala Yousafzai for the Nobel Peace 2013

Members of the ruling party presented in an official request. The young Pakistani activist, victim of Taliban violence, conducted a “courageous battle” for “the right to education of girls.” She is still undergoing medical treatment for head injuries caused by a shooting attack. Pakistani blogger: “Allah bless and protect you.”

Oslo candidates Malala Yousafzai for the Nobel Peace 2013Pakistan, February 02, 2013: A group of Norwegian parliamentarians, members of the Labour Party currently in government has presented in an official nomination for Malala Yousafzai, an icon of the struggle for women’s education in Pakistan for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013. The signatories of the initiative include deputies Fredy de Ruiter, Gorm Kjernli and Magne Rommetveit, who called for the award for the young woman who was targeted by Islamic extremists in October last, and suffered a head injury in a shooting attack. Still today, the 15 year old is undergoing medical treatment to heal the fractures to the skull, in recent weeks an online petition had been launched by the Change activist network (clickhere to sign), which has already gathered thousands of supporters around the world.

In presenting the official nomination of Malala, the Norwegian government leaders warned that “the student and blogger” has conquered the world stage “when she was shot in the head by Taliban” for “criticizing the militant group” Tahreek- e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on her blog. The young girl led a “courageous battle” for “the right to education of girls” and “her efforts were seen as a threatto the extremist forces, who tried to kill her.”

The United Nations, on the initiative of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, have wanted to celebrate her struggle by establishing November 10 – 30 days exactly from the attack – the “Malala Day” to represent a “source of inspiration for girls’ education in the world. ” The initiative of the Norwegian politicians was also welcomed in Pakistan, with positive reviews on online sites of newspapers. The blogger pakiindi wrote “well done” and wanted to “kiss your forehead for the honour you bring to this unfortunate nation.” He added: “May Allah protect you and bless you.”

Malala Yousafzai – the winner of a national youth award – on October 9 last year the victim of a Taliban attack in the Swat Valley, a mountainous area in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on the border with Afghanistan, the stronghold of Islamic extremists. She was shot while on board the school bus to take her home, after her morning lessons. The girl had become famous in 2009 at the age of 11, for keeping a blog on the BBC site in the local language in which she denounced attacks by Pakistani Islamists against girls and female schools. Along the North-West Frontier, where in some areas Sharia and Islamic courts are in force, hundreds of schools – even Christian – were closed or destroyed by extremist attacks. At the expense of tens of thousands of students and at least 8 thousand female teachers, whose jobs are at risk.

– asianews

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