Malala nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Published: March 5, 2014
Malala Yousafzai. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Malala Yousafzai. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

OSLO: Malala Yousafzai, along with US whistleblower Edward Snowden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, is among the nominees for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, as the Nobel Institute announced Tuesday a record 278 candidates.

“The number of nominations increases almost every year, which shows a growing interest in the prize,” the head of the institute, Geir Lundestad, told AFP.

The Nobel committee convened Tuesday for the first time this year to examine the candidate list and will announce the laureate in Oslo on October 10.

As usual, the committee refused to reveal the identity of any of the nominees, but Lundestad said that 47 of the 278 candidates were organisations.

Even though the list is kept secret for at least 50 years, the sponsors can choose to reveal the name of their nominee.

Putin is thought to be on the list, since Russian figures proposed his name in October, citing his role in the Syrian crisis.

The former KGB agent is credited with averting a US attack against Syria by suggesting putting Bashar al-Assad’s regime’s chemical weapons arsenal under international control.

Being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize is relatively easy, since thousands of people can suggest candidates: lawmakers and ministers, university professors and former laureates.

At their first meeting, the five committee members themselves can add more names to the list.

The committee insists that being nominated does not imply an endorsement on its part.

Putin’s chances of winning the prize appear limited given the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Another name likely to be on the list is Edward Snowden, former US security contractor for the National Security Agency, who has been provided asylum in Russia and is accused in his country of disclosing a large number of classified documents regarding a US global surveillance programme.

Other figures with a similar profile, such as Julian Assange – founder of WikiLeaks – and Chelsea Manning are also known to be on the list.

Malala Yousafzai, who was seriously wounded when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman at point blank range for promoting girls’ education in the Swat area of Pakistan, is again known to be nominated, after being considered one of the favourites last year.

However, the prize went to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), involved to this day in the dismantling of the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal.

Other names known to be on the list include jailed Belarussian rights activist Ales Belyatski and Denis Mukwege, a pioneering doctor who founded a clinic for rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo, both nominated in the past.

Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and one of the few experts to speculate openly on the winner, said his favourite for this year was Pope Francis for his efforts to redistribute wealth in the world.

Asked about the situation in Ukraine, Berg Harpviken said it was difficult to point out an individual or an organisation that could play a major role in the region in the months to come.

“The dramatic situation in which Ukraine finds itself could influence the Nobel committee’s thoughts, but at this stage I don’t see any clear candidates standing out,” he said.

Other leads point at the peace processes in Burma and Colombia, which could deserve a Nobel prize if there were a major breakthrough in the next months.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Myla
    Mar 5, 2014 - 12:31PM

    Yay!!! No one is more worthy than this young lady. Super proud.


  • hmm
    Mar 5, 2014 - 12:55PM

    She’s going to fizzle out in 1-2 years! As i expected, she hasn’t even visited her home country for even a day & she’s thinking about becoming a PM one day! This is the grave problem with people in sub-continent, only rare ones are level headed & live their lives with humility if they’re given an opportunity to do something for their respective countries – look at Sir Edhi, how many times did he wish for this all important post of PM?! He has done so much for Pakistan! He deserves this award more than anyone! Malala will return to Pakistan only when she’s ready to fight in the elections, really unfortunate. If we’re given the same opportunity to go abroad, then most of the Pakistanis would leave,. P.S All of us know what people do when they’re given important Govt posts & why they wish for it :)


  • Mohammad Ibrahim Khan
    Mar 5, 2014 - 12:59PM

    Oh please! I thought we are over with this now or is it gonna continue till she makes her own political party


  • Shabir
    Mar 5, 2014 - 1:13PM

    Putin due to Ukraine will not get, Snowden due to US will not get.
    That leaves Malala , lets see who else would qualify ?


  • A.M.Khan
    Mar 5, 2014 - 1:51PM

    Nomination itself is quite a big achievement. Hopefully the country doesn’t repeat the same mistake as in Abdus Salam’s case and then regret after 20 years. She is too young, with proper support she can represent the country better in the future.

    People in Pakistan seem not to believe in second chances.


  • Mohammed
    Mar 5, 2014 - 2:09PM

    This girls has become obsessed with milking the situation for profit. Great marketing team behind her and she’s making as much a possible.

    Being a prime minister is a dream a lot of people have but do not have the means or political backing that is required in a country like Pakistan. People are not chosen because of their ability but because of there status and families i.e Bhuttos or Sharifs. Its a horrible shame a country with talent never lets the talented filter through.


  • ahmad
    Mar 5, 2014 - 2:13PM

    this is highly ridiculous.. !! i am verryy saaadd !!


  • Mishrab
    Mar 5, 2014 - 3:47PM

    Malala nominated ? Now i understand the worth of Nobel Peace Price…Recommend

  • Danish
    Mar 5, 2014 - 5:02PM

    It’s better to renamed the title to Malala Peace Prize – instead!Recommend

  • rohit950723
    Mar 5, 2014 - 6:12PM

    Hail the Malala & her ideology


  • Sara Khan
    Mar 5, 2014 - 6:16PM

    This crap started again?

    Oh yeah she didn’t win Oscar this year either.


  • Salim
    Mar 5, 2014 - 6:39PM

    Quite tragic the way people are still trying to defame this poor girl. I only ask that the people who are so quick to call her out try and achieve half the things she has for a cause. Its a general problem with our nation that we eye others success and fame with poor intentions rather than promote and be proud of them.


  • kk
    Mar 5, 2014 - 8:53PM

    what has malala done for education in pakistan or atleast in her home town, instead she has become only a media figure.plz don’t make fun of PhilanthropistsRecommend

  • happy
    Mar 5, 2014 - 11:26PM

    Malala is the best person that the country has produced in quite a long time.


  • Nazir Kafray
    Mar 6, 2014 - 9:43AM

    She is indeed a brave girl. Who can oppose her cause ” education for all” which she is continuing to promote despite threats to her life .


  • Nazir Kafray
    Mar 6, 2014 - 9:47AM

    She is indeed a brave girl. Who can oppose her cause ” education for all” which she is continuing to promote despite threats to her life . Almost the whole world will love to see her getting the Nobel Peace Prize.


  • Ru
    Mar 6, 2014 - 6:26PM

    Malala, you make us proud. Keep up the great work.


  • Ru
    Mar 6, 2014 - 6:31PM

    Haters gonna hate but a lot of us love and respect our brave daughter Malala! Long live Malala.


  • sharabi
    Mar 6, 2014 - 8:09PM

    If Obama then why not Malala?


  • Novber
    Mar 8, 2014 - 10:54PM

    Malala, thank you for speaking out for all children around the world !!! I for one amvery proud of you.Recommend

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