Nobel Peace Prize Watch: Watchdog Suspends Screening of Nobel Peace Prize Candidates


Fredrik S. Heffermehl | Nobel Peace Prize Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service

Oslo, 1 February 2023

From: The Lay Down Your Arms Network, Nobel Peace Prize Watch

After ten years, we have decided not to publish our annual recommendation to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, a list of those who are both nominated and qualified to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

As long as the committee continues to sabotage Nobel’s intention for peace through global disarmament, our work to bring forward good candidates has no purpose. The Nobel Committee has been unwilling to interpret the Will or show any interest in Nobel’s desire to end war by supporting the “peacemakers” who work for deep cooperation and community between nations, through disarmament and peace congresses.

After 15 years studying the award’s intention, finding out who should have received the NPP over 120 years, and who are the most suitable recipients in our time, we have concluded that the Committee does not contribute for elimination of wars; rather, it takes sides.

With an imminent risk of nuclear extinction looming, the need for Nobel´s global peace order is more urgent than ever, but the prize lost credibility.  There is, to put it mildly, little interest in those activists for peace and disarmament Nobel had in mind.

The Nobel Committee has five members appointed by the Storting [Supreme Legislature of Norway]. In 2012, following a complaint from NPPW, the Swedish Foundation Authority stated that the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm has the overall responsibility to ensure that the NPP remains within Nobel’s Will.

It has a duty, under Swedish law, to interpret the Nobel Will’s intention, announce the purpose of the prize, instruct its Norwegian sub-committees, and exercise overall supervision so that awards do not violate Nobel’s intention. In the book Fame or Shame (2020), I have shown that the Nobel Foundation and the Norwegian subsidiary bodies place themselves above the law and orders from authorities.

Fredrik S. Heffermehl, Oslo,                        Tomas Magnusson, Gothenburg

For kommentarer/ytterligere informasjon:
Fredrik S. Heffermehl, Oslo, +47 917 44 783,, skype: paxfred
Tomas Magnusson, Gothenburg, + 46 70 829 31 97,

Addresses:, Nobel Peace Prize Watch, c/o Magnusson, Akvamaringatan 7 c, 421 77 Göteborg, Sverige. Phones: Sweden, +46 70 829 31 97 or Norway, +47 917 44 789.


Fredrik S. Heffermehl, cand. jur, LLM NYU, is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment and ex-Vice President of the International Peace Bureau. He is the author of The Nobel Peace Prize, What Nobel Really Wanted (Praeger, 2010 – expanded versions in Chinese, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish and [2014] Russian). fredpax@online.no

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One Response to “Nobel Peace Prize Watch: Watchdog Suspends Screening of Nobel Peace Prize Candidates”

  1. Suryanath Prasad says:

    According to Nobel’s will, the Peace Prize shall be awarded to the person who in the preceding year “shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”. The members of the Nobel Committee are supposed to strictly follow the Nobel’s Will and adhere to the criteria of his Will. But the Nobel Peace Committee has been failed to understand to select many deserving nominees for Nobel Peace Prize in the past, and the members of the Committee did not keep in their minds the Nobel’s will while they were choosing the nominees for the award. The grandson of one of Nobel’s two brothers, Michael Nobel also criticized, and said that the Nobel Committee has not always acted in accordance with Nobel’s will. (Nobel, Michael (9 December 2011). “I strid med Nobels vilje”. Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Oslo, Norway. Retrieved 12 December 2011).

    Hence among several notable persons, Mahatma Gandhi–the symbol of Nonviolence, Johan Galtung–the Pioneer of Peace Studies and Young Seek Choue-the Apostle of Peace were not honored with the Nobel peace prize, though they genuinely deserved to be awarded.

    Dr. Young Seek Choue had done his peace activities to meet the most and the best for fraternity between nations, for helping in the abolition and reduction of standing armies and for holding and promoting peace conferences.
    For more details, one may refer to:

    Dr. Young Seek Choue: A Genuine Nominee for Nobel Peace Prize
    NOBEL LAUREATES, 19 Feb 2018
    By Surya Nath Prasad, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service