Nobel Peace Prize 2018 Highlights: Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad are the winners

Nobel Peace Prize 2018 LIVE Updates: With the announcement of two names today, 100 Peace Prizes have been awarded till now, with 133 winners (106 individuals and 27 organisations).

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 5, 2018 4:56:01 pm
Nobel Peace Prize 2018 LIVE Updates: Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad are the winners Denis Mukwege (L) and Nadia Murad win Nobel Peace Prize 2018. (Source: The Nobel Prize twitter)

The Norwegian Nobel Committee Friday awarded Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. The prize is worth nine million Swedish kronor ($1.01 million).The winners have been chosen from among 331 nominations (216 individuals and 115 organisations) which the second highest number of nominees ever, next only to the 376 nominated in 2016.

With the announcement of two names today, the number of peace prizes awarded till now becomes 100, with 133 winners (106 individuals and 27 organisations). Of the 106 individual Laureates, 17 have been women. In 2017, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Alfred Nobel, in his will allocating most of his wealth to the establishment of the five Nobel Prizes, wrote: “The said interest shall be divided into five equal parts… one part to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

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The Nobel Peace Prize 2018 goes to Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad. 

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More about Nadia Murad

Nadia Murad has become a spokeswoman for Yazidi women abused by the Islamic State group.   In December 2015, she told the U.N. Security Council how she and thousands of other Yazidi women and girls were abducted, held in captivity and repeatedly raped after the Iraqi area of Sinjar fell to IS militants in August 2014. She escaped after three months in captivity.  Read more about her here 

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Mukwege was given the Right Livelihood Award in 2013

The head of the foundation behind the award known as the ``alternative Nobel'' says giving the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize to Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege ``is a fantastic choice,'' because he ``not only helps mend (women) physically but also restores their human dignity.'' Ole von Uexkull, head of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, says the 2018 award ``must be a clarion call to putting an end to violence against women everywhere around the world.'' He said Friday Mukwege was given the Right Livelihood Award in 2013 for ``his courageous work healing women survivors of wartime sexual violence and speaking up about its root causes''.  Read more 

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More about Nobel Laureate Denis Mukwege
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Following her escape from IS, Nadia Murad chose to speak openly about what she had suffered
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More about Nadia Murad
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What are Nadia Murad's contributions?
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Denis Mukwege has repeatedly condemned impunity for mass rape
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What are Denis Mukwege's contributions?
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Breaking: Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad win Nobel Peace Prize 2018

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.

13:38 (IST) 05 Oct 2018
Who can win the Nobel Peace Prize?

The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced shortly. While the committee does not make the nominees public there has been plenty of speculation over who could win the prestigious award. The selection process is highly secretive, but here is a list of potential winners based on bookmakers, that includes controversial figures such as Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, according to The Guardian. The bookies’ favourites include Donald Trump, who received nominations from 18 Republican lawmakers, Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, for the Koreas’ steps towards disarming their nuclear weapons, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who led a lawsuit that halted the Trump’s administration’s policy of separating families at the border.

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Youngest Nobel Laureate ever — Malala Yousafzai
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Nobel Peace Prize announcement: Very soon this empty hall at the Norwegian Nobel Institute will be packed
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Who is Nobel Medicine Prize winner James P Allison?

James P Allison of US, who jointly won the Nobel Medicine Prize with Tasaku Honjo of Japan for their discovery of cancer therapy by “inhibition of negative immune regulation”, was intrigued by the immune system right from the time when he was an undergraduate and decided to dedicate his life’s work to understand how it worked. Read More

12:08 (IST) 05 Oct 2018
Who is Nobel Medicine Prize winner Tasuku Honjo?

Japanese scientist Tasuku Honjo, who jointly won the Nobel Medicine Prize with James P Allison of the US, is credited for his discovery of a protein that contributed to the development of an immunotherapeutic drug, opening a pathway for an altogether new way of treating cancer. Honjo, the fifth Japanese to win a Nobel in medicine, discovered the PD-1 protein, which is responsible for suppressing the immune response. Read More

12:05 (IST) 05 Oct 2018
The oldest and youngest Physics Laureates, and those in between

The Nobel Prize in Physics announced Tuesday had two interesting winners — at 96 years of age, Arthur Ashkin of the United States, who won one half of the prize, became the oldest Laureate in the 117-year history of the prizes, and Donna Strickland of Canada, who shared the other half with Gerard Mourou of France, became only the third woman ever to win the Physics prize. Read More

11:46 (IST) 05 Oct 2018
Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Darwin in a test tube – how evolution can be directed to bring benefits

Humanity’s oldest dream was the domination of nature. In the modern era, this grandly absurd enterprise evolved into the desire to control the driving forces of the universe — the forces within the atom, between atoms, between heavenly bodies and between generations — the process of evolution, the driving force of the living world. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018 has been awarded to three scientists who have accelerated and directed the creative power of evolution by putting “Darwin in a test-tube”. Read More

11:44 (IST) 05 Oct 2018
Why did Mahatma Gandhi not receive the Nobel Peace Prize?

There is an old question: how is it that the Mahatma, the most powerful symbol of non-violence in the last century, was never awarded the Nobel Peace Prize? The Nobel website itself asks: “Was the horizon of the Norwegian Nobel Committee too narrow? Were the committee members unable to appreciate the struggle for freedom among non-European peoples? Or were the Norwegian committee members perhaps afraid to make a prize award which might be detrimental to the relationship between their own country and Great Britain?” Read More

11:41 (IST) 05 Oct 2018
Nobel Peace Prize: Who all have won it?

There have been 98 Peace Prizes awarded up to 2017, to 131 winners (104 individuals and 27 organisations). Of the 104 individual Laureates, 16 have been women, including Mother Teresa (1979) who founded Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi (1991) and Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai (2014). Malala, also the youngest Laureate at 17, shared the 2014 award with India’s Kailash Satyarthi. Another Peace Prize winner from the subcontinent has been Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank (2006). Other prominent Peace Laureates include American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr (1964), exiled spiritual leader Dalai Lama (1989, living in India), anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela (1993, before he became South Africa President), and former US President Barack Obama (2009).

11:40 (IST) 05 Oct 2018
Nobel Peace Prize: How is it given?

A look at what work the Peace Prize honours, how it is awarded and some of the prominent winners of previous years. Once the Peace Prize nominations are received, the Nobel Prize Committee chooses the Laureate by a vote. A nomination may be submitted by anyone who meets certain criteria, including: members of national assemblies and heads of states; members of The International Court of Justice and The Permanent Court of Arbitration; professors of history, social sciences, law, philosophy, theology, and religion; previous Peace Nobel winners; and current and former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Committee rules prohibit disclosure of the nominees or nominators for 50 years. Read More

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Who are the winners of Nobel Prize 2018 for Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Physics and Chemistry?

Nobel Prize considered a pride to regard people who have made great advances and discoveries in different fields. Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Physics, and Chemistry are conferred upon people who have excelled in the field of science. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2018 was awarded jointly to James P Allison and Tasuku Honjo “for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.” Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to Arthur Ashkin as well as jointly to Gerard Mourou and Donna Strickland Tuesday for their groundbreaking discoveries in ‘laser physics’. Strickland became the third female Nobel laureate in physics. While the prize in Chemistry was divided, one half awarded to Frances H. Arnold “for the directed evolution of enzymes”, the other half jointly to George P. Smith and Sir Gregory P. Winter “for the phage display of peptides and antibodies.”

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Take a look at the history of Nobel Peace Prize
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The stage is set for Nobel Peace Prize announcement
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Welcome to Our LIVE blog.  The Norwegian Nobel Committee will today announce the Nobel Peace Prize winner for 2018. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Physics and Chemistry were awarded on October 1, 2 and 3, respectively. Follow to get the latest updates.

Nobel Peace Prize 2018 LIVE Updates: Winner to be chosen from among 331 candidates (From left) Mother Teresa won in 1979 for her role as leader of Missionaries of Charity. Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai shared 2014 Prize “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”. (File photo)

The Nobel Prize Committee chooses the Laureate by a vote after the Peace Prize nominations are received. A nomination may be submitted by anyone who meets certain criteria, including: members of national assemblies and heads of states; members of The International Court of Justice and The Permanent Court of Arbitration; professors of history, social sciences, law, philosophy, theology, and religion; previous Peace Nobel winners; and current and former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Committee rules prohibit disclosure of the nominees or nominators for 50 years.

With today's announcement, the number of women getting Peace Prize goes to 17. The women winners include Mother Teresa (1979) who founded Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi (1991) and Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai (2014). Malala, also the youngest Laureate at 17, shared the 2014 award with India’s Kailash Satyarthi. Another Peace Prize winner from the subcontinent has been Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank (2006).

Other prominent Peace Laureates include American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr (1964), exiled spiritual leader Dalai Lama (1989, living in India), anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela (1993, before he became South Africa President), and former US President Barack Obama (2009).