It can be added that for the first time ever a nominee has requested to be removed from the list. The Israeli scientist Mordechai Vanunu, who served 18 years in prison after disclosing to the world the existence of Israel’s illegal nuclear programme, and who enjoys much sympathy in Norway, has stated that he does not wish to receive a prize earlier awarded to his country’s current President, Shimon Peres (who shared the Prize with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat in 1994).
Thursday, 11 March 2010
237 candidates for Nobel Peace Prize
Yesterday the Norwegian Nobel Institute announced that 237 candidates have been nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, 38 of whom are organisations. This crushes last year’s record number of 205 nominations. The Nobel Committee's decision will be announced on 4 October.