PRIO shortlists President Maithripala Sirisena for Nobel Peace Prize 2017


The Peace Research Institute of Oslo has shortlisted Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena for the Nobel Peace Prize 2017.PRIO Director Henrik Urdal will publish an updated shortlist before the official announcement of this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize the PRIO website said.

The Peace Research Institute Oslo conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people.

Based on independent assessments, PRIO Directors have offered their personal shortlists for the Nobel Peace Prize each year since 2002.

Anyone can be nominated, but only a number of people have the right to nominate, including members of national assemblies and governments, current and former members of the Committee, Peace Prize laureates, professors of certain disciplines, directors of peace research and foreign policy institutes, and members of international courts.

As such, the Director of PRIO holds the right to nominate, but refrains, given his active role as a commentator.

The laureate is normally announced on the Friday of the first full week of October.

Harpviken’s 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Shortlist

·        The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Susan N. Herman

·        The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

·        Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka

·        The White Helmets (Syrian Civil Defense) and Raed al Saleh

·        Jeanne Nacatche Banyere, Jeannette Kahindo Bindu and Dr Denis Mukwege

The reasons mentioned by the PRIO to nominate Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena:

“President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena has initiated a comprehensive set of reconciliatory initiatives to heal the wounds of the civil war which culminated in a military onslaught by the state military on the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) in 2009. Sirisena’s insistence on inclusive reconciliation, therefore, stands out as an example to be followed, especially in a situation where support for the International Criminal Court (ICC) and other transitional justice mechanisms is deteriorating. In early 2017, the Sri Lankan Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms released its final report. This goes hand in hand with a range of other efforts, including a consultative process on constitutional reform. Resistance from the political opposition is real, and so are the prospects for failure. The President himself is susceptible to criticism, having held posts with the former government that overran the LTTE. A Nobel Peace Prize to President Sirisena would fit a tradition of honouring pragmatic leaders who show political courage, and it would draw attention to reconciliation as a key to sustainable peace”.


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