Only Supporters of Peace Should Be Appointed to Nobel Peace Prize Committee
In December 2020, Norwegian lawmakers will again vote to replace three members of the Nobel peace prize committee. In 2017 the MPs ignored the 12,500 signatures to our appeal. In 2018, defying the law and Nobel's will, 98.7% of the parliament voted against requiring loyalty to Nobel and his vision of the road to world peace as a requirement for joining the award committee. Nobel never meant Norwegian political parties to use the prize as their own property and use the seats as perks to political veterans. We need a committee dedicated to Alfred Nobel's vision of peace by peaceful means. Please join our renewed demand that the corrupt use of the committee seats must end.
Join the initial signers of our appeal in 2017:
Fredrik S. Heffermehl, Nobel Peace Prize Watch, Norway
Tomas Magnusson, Nobel Peace Prize Watch , Sweden
Richard Falk, professor of law, USA
David Swanson, author, USA
Ann Wright, USA
Kevin Zeese, co-director of Popular Resistance, USA
Margaret Flowers, co-director of Popular Resistance, USA
Medea Benjamin, Code Pink, USA
Jeff Cohen, journalism professor, USA
Mairead Maguire, Nobel peace prize laureate, Ireland
Gar Smith, Environmentalists Against War, USA
Patrick T. Hiller, War Prevention Initiative, USA
Johan Galtung, Norway
Norman Solomon, RootsAction.org, USA
David Hartsough, USA
Maria Santelli, Center on Conscience & War, USA
Leah Bolger, World Beyond War, USA
From: [Your Name]
We ask that you facilitate compliance with Alfred Nobel's legally binding will by selecting a committee dedicated to Nobel´s antimilitarist ideas of peace by co-operation, law, and disarmament. Parliament must abandon its selection routine which has favored Norwegian politicians rather than Nobel´s visionary idea.
We insist that you not include people on the Nobel peace prize committee who will be willing to glorify war criminals like Henry Kissinger who was honored by the current committee in December 2016.
The awarding of the 2017 peace prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons was a great improvement over the awards of recent years in terms of compliance with Nobel's will.
It is now incumbent upon you, in the December renewal of the committee, to select members who will fulfill the global disarmament purpose for which the prize was created.
The peace prize belongs to the citizens of this world, and you must make sure that people dedicated to Nobel´s peace ideas be in charge of the world´s most important prize. The world´s prosperity and security depend on it.