Black Lives Matter, a motion which grew to become a rallying cry after the killing by US police of an unarmed black man, has been proposed for the Nobel Peace Prize, a Norwegian MP mentioned Saturday.
Founded within the United States in 2013, the motion acquired an impetus in May after George Floyd died. A white policeman had knelt on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes ignoring Floyd’s pleas that he could not breathe.
The incident fuelled protests within the United States that sped the world over.
“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, informed AFP.
“They have also been spread to many many countries, building up… awareness on the importance of fighting racial injustice,” he mentioned.
Tens of hundreds of individuals, together with MPs and ministers from all nations, former Nobel laureates and distinguished teachers, can suggest candidates for the varied Nobel prizes.
The deadline ends on Sunday.
Several different names have been mooted for the Peace Prize together with 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 might be introduced at the beginning of October. This 12 months’s prize went to the World Food Programme, the UN meals company.
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