At 11:00 am( 0900 GMT ), the Nobel Institute in Oslo will announce the laureate orlaureates.
As is customary every year, rumors have reached a fever pitch prior to the announcement, but it has become more difficult than ever to predict who will win given the bleak state of the world, including the war in Ukraine, which is well into its second year and the ongoing hostilities between the US and China.
The exercise is nothing more than a guessing game because the nominees’ names are not made public and are kept secret for 50 years.
The only thing that is known is that this year, 351 people and organizations have received nominations.
Some Nobel watchers claim that Iranian women fighting for their rights deserve the prize following the” Woman, Life, Freedom” uprising in Iran that followed the death incustody of a young Iranian Kurd who was detained for breaking the Islamic republic’s strict dress code for women.
Per Olav Odegard, an editorialist at the Norwegian tabloid VG, wrote this week,” Give Iranian women the Nobel Peace Prize.”
” The rights that lay the groundwork for peace and freedom are taken away from a sizable portion of the world’s population.” Even at a high cost, Iranian women have demonstrated their willingness to defend their rights, he claimed.
According to experts, the five-member Nobel committee could approve the nomination of imprisoned Iranian activist Narges Mohammadi if they turned their attention in that direction.
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She might have been honored alongside Mahbouba Seraj of Afghanistan, who has advocated for women’s rights in a nation where the Taliban have retaken power and severely curtailed the lives of women.
Masih Alinejad, an Iranian-American activist and journalist, is also mentioned. He founded the movement” My Stealthy Freedom ,” which encourages Iranian women to protest against the hijab’s mandated wearing.
A symbolic trio opposed to the war — Russian human rights organization Memorial, Ukraine’s Center for Civil Liberties, and imprisoned Belarusian rights activist Ales Bialiatski — took home the award last year in the midst of the conflict in Ukraine.
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Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, has topped online bookmakers this year, but according to Nobel watchers, it is unlikely that he will win the prize.
They claim that this year’s committee will likely focus on a different geographic area or field.
The award may go to a group like Fridays for Future, started by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and Brazilian tribal leader RaoniMetuktire, who fight against deforestation and for Indigenous rights, with the upcoming COP28 climate summit just around the corner and warning lights flashing across the globe.
Climateactivists Victoria Tauli-Corpuz of the Philippines, Juan Carlos Jintiach of Ecuador, and Vanessa Nakate of Uganda have also been mentioned in Oslo.
The prestigious award might also go to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, which this year marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on human rights.
The International Court of Justice ( ICJ ), the International Criminal Court ( ICC ), and the UN refugee agency UNHCR, as well as UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, are additional organizations that have been named as potential winners. These organizations are likely to bring up the issue of war crimes in Ukraine.
As has been known to happen in the past, the Nobel committee might also have a surprise in store.
Before January 31st, thousands of people worldwide, including former laureates, university professors, members of parliament, and cabinet ministers from all countries are eligible to nominate candidates.
At their first meeting at the beginning of the year, the five Nobel Committee members may also make nominations.