Unusual Nominees of Nobel Peace Prize 2020

Unusual Nominees of Nobel Peace Prize 2020

As Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2020, let us look at the 2 ‘peace advocates’ and their corresponding actions. Let us also have a look at the recent nominations of UN Human Rights Council.

Crux of the Matter

Nobel Peace
World Food Programme won the Nobel Peace Prize 2020. However, several unusual nominees were present for the Prize including Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
US President Trump was nominated for “contribution for peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)”. Israel and UAE established official relations on 13 August, 2020, where Trump acted as a mediator.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was nominated reportedly for “participation in resolving the Syrian conflict and trying to stop the US military invasion of Syria”.

Trump-Putin Peace Advocates
Both nominations have drawn strong disapproval from critics for several reasons.

In May 2020, protests started after a black man George Floyd was killed by white cop Derek Chauvin, who bent his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes 40 seconds. Instead of reassuring people, Trump threatened to deploy military against the protesters and said “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”. In the recent Presidential debate against Joe Biden, Trump refused to condemn the White Supremacist groups accused of inciting violence in protests.

Alexei Navalny, a long time critic of President Vladimir Putin, was recently poisoned in Russia. He was evacuated to Germany, where doctors and experts from Germany, France, etc confirmed that he was poisoned. Similarly, Boris Nemtsov, Sergei Magnitsky, and several other critics of Putin have been killed in recent years, with methods like shooting, poisoning using radioactive substances, police custody assault, etc being used.

UN Human Rights Council
Russia, China, Pakistan, Cuba, Uzbekistan, and Nepal were recently elected to the UN Human Rights Council (UHRC) Board, where Saudi Arabia was also among the nominees. The mentioned nations have been elected for a 3-year term starting from January 2021.

An NGO named UN Watch compared the situation to “making a gang of arsonists into the fire brigade”.

Read more about the Human Rights issues in these countries here: Mockery Of Human Rights By UNHRC Members

  • The World Food Programme is the food-assistance branch of the UN and the world’s largest humanitarian organization focused on hunger and food security. The World Food Programme launched its first programmes in 1963 through the Food and Agriculture Organization and the UN General Assembly on a three-year experimental basis, supporting the Nubian population.
  • Leopold II was the second King of the Belgians and the owner & absolute ruler of the Congo Free State from 1865 to 1909. Leopold’s administration of the Congo was characterised by atrocities, including torture and murder, resulting from notorious systematic brutality. Modern estimates range from 1 million to 15 million deaths.
  • Genocide is the intentional action to destroy a people—usually defined as an ethnic, national, racial, or religious group—in whole or in part. A term coined by Raphael Lemkin in his 1944 book “Axis Rule in Occupied Europe”.