Norwegian MP Petter Eide has nominated the Black Lives Matter movement for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, mentioning “a tremendous achievement in raising global awareness and consciousness about racial injustice.” Eide applauded the movement’s comprehensive and transnational call to action as one of its most highlighting factors compared to its predecessors.
His nomination papers conclude on the following note: “Awarding the peace prize to Black Lives Matter, as the strongest global force against racial injustice, will send a powerful message that peace is founded on equality, solidarity and human rights and that all countries must respect those basic principles.”
The Norwegian Nobel Committee doesn’t reveal the nominators or nominees, nor do nominations suggests the committee’s recommendation, but nominators can decide to announce their picks; among this list of permitted nominators are government leaders and several university professors or members of international organizations. Nominations are due by February 1, and a winner is chosen in October, followed by an awards ceremony in December.
Other nominees listed so far include the World Health Organization (WHO), Donald Trump, Greta Thunberg, who was also one of last year’s notable candidates for the prize.
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