Trump opponents celebrate his Nobel Peace Prize snub

Trump opponents celebrate his Nobel Peace Prize snub

Winning the Nobel peace prize is a significant victory for all women suffering from sexual violence in conflicts, Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad said on Friday in her first remarks after jointly winning the award.

"Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims".

The pair won the award "for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict", Nobel committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said in unveiling the winners in Oslo.

In 2015, Nadia Murad appeared before the UN Security Council to speak about her experience of being abducted and sexually enslaved by the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. Last year's Nobel Peace Prize victor was the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

But choosing Kim may have been a step too far for the Norwegian committee, given the UN's damning verdict on North Korea's "long-standing and ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights".

The Congolese gynecological surgeon who has won the Nobel Peace Prize for treating victims of sexual violence has previously called gender inequality a disgrace to society.

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"I can see in the faces of many women how they are happy to be recognised", he told the Nobel Foundation in a recorded interview posted on the foundation's Twitter account, referring to the patients at Panzi Hospital.

Murad lived in a remote village of Kocho at a time of a 2014 Islamic State attack aimed at exterminating the Yazidi population through ethnic cleansing and sexual violence as a "weapon of war". Murad has become a spokeswoman for Yazidi women abused by ISIS. He has repeatedly condemned impunity for mass rape and criticized the Congolese government and other countries for the failure to stop sexual violence against women as a war strategy and weapons.

"We hope that this recognition will help Nadia and Yazidis endeavors to bring justice, peace, and coexistence", added Yazda in a tweet.

Murad, 25, was kidnapped by militants in 2014 and endured three months as a sex slave before managing to escape.

"The first thing they did was force us to convert to Islam", she told AFP two years ago.

Dr Denis Mukwege made the comments a year ago to an worldwide assembly of the Lutheran church in Namibia.

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