A Black Lives Matter was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, a Norwegian MP said Saturday, a campaign that became a rallying cry after the shooting of an unarmed black man by US police.
Formed in the United States in 2013, after George Floyd died, the movement received an impetus in May. For eight minutes, a white policeman knelt on Floyd’s stomach, ignoring Floyd’s cries that he could not breathe.
The incident fueled demonstrations that sped around the globe in the United States.
“This movement has become one of the strongest global movements for working with racial injustice,” Petter Eide, a socialist lawmaker who proposed BLM for the Peace Prize, told AFP.
“They have also been spread to many many countries, building up… awareness on the importance of fighting racial injustice,” he said.
The candidates for the numerous Nobel prizes can be nominated by tens of thousands of individuals, including MPs and ministers from all countries, former Nobel laureates and distinguished academics.
On Sunday, the deadline expires.
A number of other names, including notorious Wikileaks founder and whistleblower Julian Assange, former US President Donald Trump, RSF media rights group and a trio of Belarusian opposition leaders headed by Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, have been mooted for the Peace Prize.
At the start of October, the Nobel prizes will be announced. This year’s award went to the United Nations food agency, the World Food Programme.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN