Michelle Bachelet to Nobel Peace Prize Winners: We Salute You

Michele Bachelet, Presidente of Chile speaks during Special Session of the Human Rights Council. 29 March 2017. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
Michele Bachelet, Presidente of Chile speaks during Special Session of the Human Rights Council. 29 March 2017. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

The UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet says it is hard to imagine two more worthy winners of the Nobel Peace Prize than Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege.

She said this is a richly deserved recognition of these two extraordinarily brave, persistent and effective campaigners against the scourge of sexual violence, and the use of rape as a weapon of war.

“Nadia and Denis, I’m sure I speak for all human rights defenders, when I say we salute you,” Ms. Bachelet stated in her Facebook post. “You have fought for women who have suffered through sexual abuse to be recognized, and for their dignity to be restored. We need more people like you to stand up for the rights of women, for justice, for the rights of minorities, for the rights of everyone.”

Last week, the Norwegian Nobel Committee had decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.

Nadia Murad is a Yazidi rights activist and the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Denis Mukwege is a gynecologist who helps victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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