Mukwege and Murad recognised for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon in war
The sentiments expressed below by Jan Egeland, who leads the Norwegian Refugee Council, seem to be widely shared:
The best Nobel Prize in a long time. Finally focus on horrific & widespread sexual violence in war. Must lead to action against impunity for perpetrators & preventive action within armies & militias. It is ten years since I fist proposed heroic Mukwege for Nobel Prize. https://t.co/fOpphHFdYs
Well deserved and long awaited Nobel recognition of the fight against sexual violence in war. https://t.co/j37cMnXFWR
The German chancellor Angela Merkel, herself tipped as a potential laureate, has welcomed the awarding of the Nobel peace prize to Mukwege and Murad.
Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said that the German chancellor has “great respect for their work.”
Seibert said Murad came to Germany in 2015 as part of a special program for female victims of violence and met Merkel in 2016 to discuss her work helping others.
The Dutch-based Dr Denis Mukwege Foundation, an international human rights organisation working to end sexual violence in wars, which counts the gynaecologist as an advisor, has welcomed the prize bestowed upon him.
His work has had an impact on the lives of tens of thousands of survivors and has inspired people around the world.
In selecting Dr Mukwege, the Nobel prize committee is sending a clear message that sexual violence in wars is unacceptable and must stop.
Congo’s government has congratulated surgeon Denis Mukwege on his Nobel peace prize, while acknowledging that relations have been strained over the years.
Spokesman Lambert Mende told the Associated Press that Mukwege has done “remarkable work” treating victims of sexual violence during years of conflict in the country’s east.
Mukwege in the past has criticised the Congolese government and accused its troops of having a culture of sexual violence.
Eve Ensler, the writer of The Vagina Monologues, founded the City of Joy for rape survivors in Congo. In 2012, she wrote about Mukwege for the Guardian.
He is the main street of hope for thousands in eastern Congo. He has stayed in a warzone for 14 years and practised medicine with bare medical resources and witnessed the unbearable enacted on the vaginas and bodies of women day after day. He has invented surgeries to meet the acts of cruelty and has helped repair 30,000 rape victims. He has opened and maintained a hospital providing ongoing care in a place with no roads, no water, no electricity, minimal internet or phone and rampant insecurity.
The government of Iraq has congratulated Murad.
The @IraqiGovt renews its commitment to supporting victims of sexual violence perpetrated by Daesh in Iraq and to delivering meaningful justice to survivors
After a decade of being shortlisted for the Nobel peace prize, Denis Mukwege, a Congolese doctor who has saved the lives of tens of thousands of women and girls in war-torn eastern DRC, has finally been awarded it.
Nowhere in the world are women’s lives harder than in the DRC, where Mukwege grew up the son of a pastor. When he came back from training as an obstetrician in France, the first patient treated in the maternity clinic he founded was a rape survivor. As dozens more poured through his doors, he realised that rape was being used as a weapon of war. Over two decades later, Panzi Hospital has treated more than 50,000 survivors of sexual violence.
Congratulations have been sent from the youngest ever Nobel prize laureate.
Here is a speech Murad gave to the UN in 2016:
In 2016, Murad. a UN goodwill ambassador, urged Britain to follow Germany’s lead in allowing refugees from the Yazidi community into the UK.
Those who have lost their lives, lost everything – this would be literally saving them and giving them a new life, if the UK were going to do that.
The president of the European Council has praised Mukwege and Murad:
The committee said both Mukwege and Murad have “helped to give greater visibility to war-time sexual violence”.
This year marks a decade since the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1820 (2008), which determined that the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict constitutes both a war crime and a threat to international peace and security. This is also set out in the Rome Statute of 1998, which governs the work of the International Criminal Court. The Statute establishes that sexual violence in war and armed conflict is a grave violation of international law. A more peaceful world can only be achieved if women and their fundamental rights and security are recognised and protected in war.
Watch the moment the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize is announced.
Presented by Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. pic.twitter.com/fIv2yWPxE6
Last year’s winner, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), has congratulated Mukwege and Murad.
It said in a statement:
Both laureates thoroughly deserve this honour through their incredible work to address sexual violence in conflict, and we look forward to working with them as Nobel laureates dedicated to a peaceful world safe from both the threats of nuclear weapons and the use of sexual violence in war, both fundamental violations of international law. The Nobel Committee has rightly chosen to highlight the role of women this year in giving the award to Nadia and Denis, and it is great to see women like Nadia leading on this issue just as they do in the disarmament movement.
Dr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad have been given a great platform by recognising the importance of preventing sexual violence against women, as ICAN found the year since winning the Nobel to be a watershed one for nuclear disarmament thanks to the doors the Nobel Peace Prize opened and the focus it gave to our important issue. We found that when we act together in shared humanity, the human race is an unstoppable force for good and we look forward to being part of that journey with Denis and Nadia.
Congolese gynaecologist Mukwege has been tipped to win for many years, having been on the shortlist for about 10 years.
The Guardian’s editor Katharine Viner said he is “one of the greatest men alive”.
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The centre’s [the City of Joy centre for survivors of rape] story begins in 1999, when the gynaecologist Denis Mukwege, of Bukavu’s Panzi hospital, rang his friend Christine Schuler-Deschryver, a human rights worker in the town. He said he had started to see injuries he had never seen before – women who had been raped in terrible ways, whose reproductive organs had been wrecked, who were suffering from fistulas between the vagina and rectum inflicted not just by gang rape but also by attacks with sticks, guns, bottles. “I said to Christine, this is new,” he recalls. “Their vaginas are destroyed. I couldn’t understand what was going on.”
Murad who was abducted with other Yazidi women in August 2014 when their home village of Kocho in Sinjar, northern Iraq, was attacked by Isis jihadis. was joint winner of the won the EU’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize in 2016.
The same year, she won the won the Council of Europe’s Václav Havel human rights prize.
The committee says:
They have both put their own personal security at risk by courageously combatting war crimes and securing justice for victims.
If they are watching this, my heartfelt congratulations.
2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending victims of war-time sexual violence. Fellow laureate Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others. #NobelPrize pic.twitter.com/MY6IdYWN1e
The physician Denis Mukwege, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, has spent large parts of his adult life helping the victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr. Mukwege and his staff have treated thousands of patients who have fallen victim to such assaults. pic.twitter.com/9CrNWfj7zu
Nadia Murad, awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others. She has shown uncommon courage in recounting her own sufferings and speaking up on behalf of other victims.#NobelPrize pic.twitter.com/NeF70ig09J
The committee says the Congolese doctor, Denis Mukwege has been “the foremost, most unifying symbol both nationally and internationally of the struggle to end sexual violence in war and armed conflict”.
Nadia Murad, a member of the Yazidi minority in Iraq, was captured by Isis and repeatedly raped and subjected to other abuses. The committee says she showed “uncommon courage in recounted her own suffering”.
They are recognised for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon in war.
You can watch the announcement, which follows imminently, live here:
The former Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, has expressed what is no doubt on many people’s minds when it comes to Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un being among the bookmakers’ favourites for the prize. She told Australian Associated Press:
That is an extraordinary proposition in anyone’s language.
President Trump adopted an unorthodox diplomatic stance … he’s continued to promote the personal relationship between the two leaders as the basis for a negotiated peace.
The credentials of Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, have also been touted ahead of today’s announcement. She welcomed hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees into the country in the face of vocal political backlash, which is ongoing. She has already been awarded the Saint Francis Lamp for Peace prize this year after she “distinguished herself in the work of reconciliation and the peaceful coexistence among peoples”
Welcome to the Guardian’s coverage of this year’s Nobel peace prize ceremony.
Past winners have included luminaries such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Theresa and Nelson Mandela.
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