Friday, 19 October, 2018

Amal Clooney helps human rights campaigner to land the Nobel Peace Prize

June 12 US President Donald Trump waves as he and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un look on from a veranda during their historic US-North Korea summit in Singapore Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad awarded Nobel Peace Prize 2018
Faye Gross | 08 October, 2018, 06:47

"He has repeatedly condemned impunity for mass rape and criticized the Congolese government and other countries for not doing enough to stop the use of sexual violence against women as a strategy and weapon of war", the Nobel committee said.

"Denis Mukwege is the foremost, most unifying symbol, both nationally and internationally, of the struggle to end sexual violence in war and armed conflicts", Nobel committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said in unveiling the winners in Oslo.

He has spent decades helping rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

After being captured by IS fighters in August 2014, Murad was taken by force to Mosul, the then de facto "capital" of IS's self-declared caliphate. "Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and other". She has shown uncommon courage in recounting her own sufferings and speaking up on behalf of other victims. "It's an important step towards this long awaited reparation that we all owe to these women who have suffered so much", he said.

Spokesman Lambert Mende said Mr Mukwege has done "remarkable work" treating victims of sexual violence during years of conflict in the country's east.

"We must remain committed to rebuilding communities ravaged by genocide". After getting treatment in Germany, she chose to speak to the world about the horrors faced by Yazidi women, regardless of the stigma in her culture surrounding rape.

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Sexual violence as a weapon of war has been going on for centuries, but it was only recently acknowledged as a crime against humanity with the UN's adoption in 2008 of Resolution 1820.

Mukwege called for "political will" on the part of the Congolese government to resolve sexual violence against women, suggesting it educate soldiers before they go into the battlefield so they "understand that they have to respect all the people, children and women".

In a statement, Salih said Murad's winning of the coveted award was "a tribute to the Iraqis' steadfastness in the face of violence and extremism".It also reflected, he added, "recognition by the global community of the tragedy suffered by Iraqi Ezidis and all victims of terrorism".

She has since worked to help put an end to human trafficking and calling on the world to take a tougher line on rape as a weapon of war. You had situations where multiple people were raped at the same time, publicly - a whole village might be raped during the night.

The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize, has been in turmoil since November a year ago when a Swedish daily - in the wake of the #MeToo campaign - published the testimonies of 18 women who claimed to have been raped, sexually assaulted or harassed by an influential figure with long-standing ties to the Academy.

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