Global Church Leaders Congratulate 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

The World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation have both hailed the award of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize to Nadia Murad and to Denis Mukwege for their work against “sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”

“This is a great inspiration for all who work against sexual and gender-based violence,” said WCC general secretary, Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit shortly after the award was announced.

The winners announced in the Norwegian capital Oslo on Oct. 5 won the award for their “efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war,” Berit Reiss-Andersen, the Nobel committee chair, said, the BBC reported.

The two both made a “crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes”, she noted.

Ms Murad, 25, said in a statement that many Yazidis would “look upon this prize and think of family members that were lost, are still unaccounted for, and of the 1,300 women and children, which remain in captivity”.

“For myself, I think of my mother, who was murdered by DAESH [IS], the children with whom I grew up, and what we must do to honour them,” she added.

“Persecution of minorities must end. We must work together with determination – to prove that genocidal campaigns will not only fail, but lead to accountability for the perpetrators and justice for the survivors.”

New Iraqi President Barham Saleh called the award “an honour for all Iraqis who fought terrorism and bigotry.”

Tveiet siad, “Dr. Mukwege has consistently and with great risk shown the human dignity and the human rights of the victims of violence and war, particularly women who are victims of rape and gender-based violence.”

Mukwege was the keynote speaker of the Twelfth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation in Windhoek, Namibia in May 2017.

In his congratulatory message on Oct. 5, Tveit said Mukwege’s work in the Democratic Republic of Congo is “a genuine contribution to peace for those who need it the most – and for a development towards justice and peace in the country and the region.”

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Source: USA Today