Black Lives Matter, a movement that turned into a rally after the murder of an unarmed black man by US police, has been proposed for the Nobel Peace Prize, a Norwegian MP said Saturday.
The movement, founded in the US in 2013, received a push in May after the death of George Floyd. A white cop had kneeled on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes, ignoring Floyd’s pleading that he couldn’t breathe.
The incident sparked protests in the United States which spread worldwide.
“This movement has become one of the strongest global movements for working with racist injustice,” Petter Eide, a socialist lawmaker who suggested BLM for the peace prize, told AFP.
“They have also been spread in many countries and have … raised awareness of the importance of combating racial injustice,” he said.
Tens of thousands of people, including MPs and ministers from all over the world, former Nobel Prize winners and distinguished scientists, can propose candidates for the various Nobel Prizes.
The deadline ends on Sunday.
Several other names have been discussed for the Peace Prize, including controversial Wikileaks founder and whistleblower Julian Assange, former US President Donald Trump, media rights group RSF and a trio of Belarusian opposition leaders led by Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
The Nobel Prizes will be announced in early October. This year’s award went to the World Food Program, the UN Food Agency.
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