Myanmar’s President Thein Sein has reportedly been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize this year, casting him alongside figures such as “Egypt’s Mother Teresa” Maggie Gobran, US army whistleblower Bradley Manning, and a 15-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl named Malala.
The Nobel Institute in Norway announced on Monday a record 259 nominations—209 individuals and 50 organizations—though it did not officially disclose any names, as is its policy. However, members and organizations are permitted to reveal the names they put forward.
Favorite this year must surely be schoolgirl-turned-icon Malala Yousafzai who was seriously wounded when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman at point-blank range on October 9 for promoting girls' education in Pakistan.
The Myanmar president’s nomination is sure to be greeted by derision by rights groups and ethnic NGOs who continue to catalog ongoing programs of human rights abuses in Myanmar and, some say, a policy of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims.
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