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Nobel Peace Prize 2023 top contenders: From Volodymyr Zelensky to Ilham Tohti; who's leading the pack?

The global community awaits the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize announcement. Here are the top contenders.

FILE - A bust of the Nobel Prize founder, Alfred Nobel, is shown on display at the Concert Hall during the Nobel Prize award ceremony in Stockholm, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (Henrik Montgomery/Pool Photo via AP, File) (Henrik Montgomery/Pool Photo via AP, File)Premium
FILE - A bust of the Nobel Prize founder, Alfred Nobel, is shown on display at the Concert Hall during the Nobel Prize award ceremony in Stockholm, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (Henrik Montgomery/Pool Photo via AP, File) (Henrik Montgomery/Pool Photo via AP, File)

The global community eagerly awaits the announcement of the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize winner. This prestigious award will be unveiled by the Norwegian Nobel Committee at 11 a.m. local time on October 6. Historically, the Peace Prize has been conferred 103 times to 140 luminaries since its inception in 1901. This is one of six awards instituted by Swedish chemist and dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel.

In 2022, the honour was bestowed upon Ales Bialiatski, a Belarusian human rights advocate, and two commendable human rights bodies - the Russian group Memorial and Ukraine's Center for Civil Liberties.

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Dan Smith, the director of Stockholm's think-tank, has noted the unpredictable nature of the committee's decisions, as per TIME. The selection process relies on nominations sourced from an eclectic group, including past laureates, international courts of law members, national parliaments and more.

2023 Nobel Peace Prize: Top contenders

Here are the top contenders, as per TIME:

Volodymyr Zelensky

The Ukrainian President has made headlines for rallying international support during Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Despite his popularity, some experts question the possibility of recognising a leader in the midst of conflict.

Alexei Navalny

This Russian opposition stalwart stands out for his defiance against President Putin. Surviving an assassination attempt, he has garnered global attention. However, the Nobel Committee might be looking elsewhere, given the recent awards to Russian dissidents.

Ilham Tohti

Hailing from China, this activist and scholar is renowned for spotlighting the plight of the Uyghurs. Despite being imprisoned, his voice and impact remain strong.

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Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

This exiled Belarusian opposition figure has challenged Alexander Lukashenko's regime. Advocating democracy and fighting against vote tampering, her story is one of resilience.

International Court of Justice (ICJ)

The ICJ, known for its role in resolving state disputes, might receive recognition for its contributions to global peace.

Narges Mohammadi & Mahbouba Seraj

Both hail from West Asia but are celebrated for their individual contributions. Mohammadi is known for her human rights activism in Iran, while Seraj champions women's rights in Afghanistan.

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Victoria Tauli-Corpuz & Juan Carlos Jintiach

Representing the indigenous communities, these activists highlight the pressing concerns of native populations, especially in the face of the climate crisis.

Kyaw Moe Tun

The Myanmar Ambassador to the U.N. stands against the military coup in his homeland. Denouncing the junta's actions, he champions democracy in Myanmar.

Human Rights Data Analysis Group

This nonprofit organisation has taken the lead in spotlighting human rights violations across the globe, from South America to the Middle East.

Read the original TIME article HERE.

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Published: 06 Oct 2023, 11:42 AM IST
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