A woman who champions the rights of ISIS rape victims, Pope Francis, the Afghan women’s cycling team and Donald Trump are reportedly among the candidates for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. The five-member Norwegian Nobel Committee typically receives more than 200 nominations for the prestigious prize, and keeps candidates secret for 50 years. Panel members can make their own nominations during their first judging meeting on Feb. 29. Norwegian lawmaker Audun Lysbakken nominated Nadia Murad, a Yazidi who escaped from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) sexual slavery to become a spokeswoman for those abused by the group’s militants. “We want a peace prize that can awaken the world to the fight against sexual violence as a weapon of war,” Lysbakken, the leader of Norway’s Socialist Left Party, said in a statement. …It was not clear who might have submitted the nomination for U.S. Republicanpresidential candidate and billionaire businessman Donald Trump. Nobel watcher Kristian Berg Harpviken, the director of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, told the French news agency AFP that he had received a copy of the nomination letter, suggesting Trump — who drew criticism from around the world for his vow to ban Muslims entering the United States — should be awarded the prestigious prize for “his vigorous peace through strength ideology, used as a threat weapon of deterrence against radical Islam, ISIS, nuclear Iran and Communist China”.
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