December 19, 2017 vfpvc

Only Supporters of Peace Should Be Appointed to Nobel Peace Prize Committee

A petition to the norwegian parliament
This month Norwegian parliamentarians will vote on new members for the Nobel peace prize committee. It’s important that members of the committee be dedicated to Alfred Nobel’s vision of peace by peaceful means. They are the only means.

Join these initial signers:
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,, USA
David Hartsough, USA
Maria Santelli, Center on Conscience & War, USA
Leah Bolger, World Beyond War, USA


Petition text:
To: Norwegian Parliament 
From: David Swanson
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 last December.
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 continue, as in 2017, to fulfill the 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.

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