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Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Snowden. Umeå University Sociology Professor Stefan Svallfors nominates NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize. “Edward Snowden has — in a heroic effort at great personal cost — revealed the existence and extent of the surveillance, the U.S. government devotes electronic communications worldwide. By putting light on this monitoring program — conducted in contravention of national laws and international agreements — Edward Snowden has helped to make the world a little bit better and safer,” the Swedish professor’s letter to the committee reads. It is unlikely that Snowden will be eligible for the 2013 Peace Prize awarded in December due to the lateness of the nomination, however, but would be in 2014.

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Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Snowden

Published on Tuesday, 16th July, 2013 at 21:47 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Nikita Yasuf   .
Last Updated on 16th July 2013 at 21:59.

Umeå University Sociology Professor Stefan Svallfors nominates NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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“Edward Snowden has — in a heroic effort at great personal cost — revealed the existence and extent of the surveillance, the U.S. government devotes electronic communications worldwide. By putting light on this monitoring program — conducted in contravention of national laws and international agreements — Edward Snowden has helped to make the world a little bit better and safer,” the Swedish professor’s letter to the committee reads.

It is unlikely that Snowden will be eligible for the 2013 Peace Prize awarded in December due to the lateness of the nomination, however, but would be in 2014.

Snowden may not be able to travel to Oslo to collect it if awarded to him, though. Norway was among the countries that rejected Snowden’s request for asylum after he revealed details of PRISM.

The Norwegian Ministry of Justice stated some two weeks ago they forwarded his second application – under the resettlement of refugees scheme – to the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) after refusing his initial one.

Norwegian PEN, an organisation which deals with issues surrounding freedom of expression, requested Snowden’s case be looked at again.

The organisation supported Snowden’s appeal on the basis that he faces extradition to the US, and consequently sent a request to The Ministry of Justice referring to Article 14 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

This states that "everyone has the right to seek and enjoy asylum from persecution in other countries."

Minister of Justice and Public Security Grete Faremo said in a statement that she “noted the Directorate of Immigration’s response to Norwegian PEN regarding the resettlement of Edward Snowden to Norway.”

“I would like to add that the US has requested the extradition of Mr Snowden for criminal prosecution. Criminal prosecution in a democratic state with a criminal justice system such as that in the US does not give legal grounds for seeking asylum. It is not appropriate to use the scheme for resettlement of refugees in connection with this case,” she added.



Published on Tuesday, 16th July, 2013 at 21:47 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Nikita Yasuf   .
Last updated on 16th July 2013 at 21:59.

This post has the following tags: nobelpeaceprize, edwardsnowden, prism.





  
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