The anti-racist Black Lives Matter movement has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize after a year in which rallies demanding racial equality grew around the world.
Norwegian MP Peter Eide said in the relevant documents with his proposal, that the movement forced the countries, except the USA, to face racism in their societies.
“I think one of the main challenges we have seen in America but also in Europe and Asia is the kind of growing conflict based on inequality. The Black Lives Matter has become a very important global movement in the fight against racism. “It has been a huge success in raising awareness around the world about racism,” Eide, a member of the Socialist Left, told AFP.
BLM was founded in the USA in 2013 by three black women after the acquittal of the man who killed teenager Trayvon Martin from Florida.
After the death of African-American George Floyd in 2020 in the United States, during his violent arrest by a white police officer, the movement became global and, as Eide notes, “managed to mobilize all social groups” in a different way than previous movements. ”.
According to the rules of the institution, any member of the national parliament can nominate a candidate.
Following the deadline for nominations on Monday, the Nobel Committee will draw up a list of nominees before the winner is selected in October.
Last year's award, which was nominated by Donald Trump, among others, won the UN World Food Program for its contribution to the fight against hunger around the world.
Sources: AMPE, AFP