Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia has called for an official inquiry into the Tiananmen Square incident, as well as spoken out on AIDS and environmental issues. In 2008, he was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power.”
Dr. Denis Mukwege has treated more than 21,000 women suffering from gynecological injuries resulting from rampant rape in war-torn Congo. He is the only doctor in the country who provides such treatment.
The Cluster Munition Coalition is dedicated to the incredibly dangerous removal of landmines and cluster bombs dropped by countries in past conflicts in order to prevent the mutilations and deaths of innocent civilians.
Barack Obama has been President of the United States for less than 9 months, in which time he has made several speeches showing how he thinks peace and diplomacy are good ideas, and that we should probably try to disarm our nuclear weapons. He’s a decent guy. He is also not George W. Bush.
Out of 172 people and 33 organizations, the Nobel Committee selected one of the above as winner of the Peace Prize. Can you guess which one?
Hint: This is the same committee who considered Bob Dylan for the Nobel Prize in Literature (likely denying him at the last minute for fear Kanye West would crash the ceremony).