The List of True Nobel Candidates 2016
NOBEL LAUREATES, 9 Feb 2016
QUALIFIED CANDIDATES – THE 2016 NOBEL FOR THE CHAMPIONS OF PEACE
Dear Kaci Kullmann Five, Thorbjørn Jagland, Berit Reiss-Andersen, Henrik Syse, Inger-Marie Ytterhorn, members of the committee,
The Nobel Peace Prize Watch has the pleasure of submitting to you our short list of candidates actually qualified for the 2016 Nobel “prize for the champions of peace.” The list is based on an analysis of the purpose Nobel actually had in mind and on actual nominations, published below, not mere speculations. The list has been prepared as part of the NPPW´s continuing effort to realize the specific peace idea Nobel had in mind, by
- assisting the peace prize awarders and the nominators,
- informing the general public,
- encouraging all concerned to see and home in on the peace plan Nobel referred to in his will.
Please find our list of qualified candidates here: http://nobelwill.org/index.html?tab=7
Read the full letter HERE
The Nobel Peace Prize Watch guidelines for screening nominations, see HERE
THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WATCH GUIDELINES for screening nominations qualified to win the Nobel “prize for the champions of peace”:
While others, the committee, parliamentarians, peace researchers, even peace people base
their views on a VERY wide understanding of «peace» (= they use the prize as they like) the
NPPW list is based on studies of what counts under the law, what Nobel actually wanted.
The best, most direct, access to Nobel´s own understanding of the “champions of peace” he
described in his will lies in his correspondence with Bertha von Suttner, the leading peace
protagonist of the period. The letters deal with breaking the arms race-driving logic of the old
saying: “If you wish peace, prepare for war” and how to make countries agree on this.
Thus the purpose of Nobel – to liberate all nations from weapons, warriors and wars – has
been decisive in our screening. The prize is primarily meant to prevent wars, not resolve old
conflicts. It is not a prize for good deeds, but for a basic reform of international relations.
Candidates that work for global co-operation on international law and disarmament directly
are the primary winners – but also important work that indirectly serves to illustrate the
imperative need for international demilitarization should be considered. But to deserve
the Nobel prize activities should point beyond resolution of local situations.
At the time of Nobel many statesmen listened to the voices for peace and disarmament,
today very few officials and politicians hold the peace view that Nobel wished to support. In
our view the prize must keep up with the times and in today´s world belongs mainly to the
grassroots, civil society, that contest the official culture of violence, not to leaders who just
respond to political processes as they are supposed to in a democracy.
“I like to believe that people, in the long run, are going to do more to promote peace
than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of
these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.” US
President Dwight D. Eisenhower 1959
Alfred Nobel would have liked to see his committee think along the same lines.
LIST – QUALIFIED CANDIDATES FOR THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE 2016:
Article 9, Japan
Bolkovac, Kathryn, USA
Bryn, Steinar, Norway
Tony de Brum and the (Marshall Islands) legal team, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Falk, Richard, USA
Ferencz, Benjamin, USA
Galtung, Johan, Norway
IALANA, International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear War, Berlin, New York, Colombo (Sri Lanka)
Johnson, Rebecca, UK
Malalai Joya, Afghanistan
David Krieger, USA
Lindner, Evelin, main basis Norway
Hidankyo, Nihon Japan
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, NAPF, USA
Oberg, Jan, Sweden
Pace, Bill, USA
Roy, Arundhati, India
Snowden, Edward, USA
Swanson, David, USA
Weiss, Peter, New York
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