Nobel Peace Prize winners call for justice for war rape victims

Nobel Peace Prize winners call for justice for war rape victims

Nobel Peace Prize winners call for justice for war rape victims

Along with preventing sexual violence, more effort is needed to attend to victims, Mr Mukwege said.

Nadia Murad survived the worst of the cruelties and brutality inflicted on her people, the Yazidis of Iraq, by the Islamic State group before becoming a global champion of their cause and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

In her Nobel acceptance address Monday, Murad said that thousands of women and girls from her community had been kidnapped, raped and traded "in the 21st century, in the age of globalization and human rights".

"What we see during armed conflicts is that women's bodies become battlefields and this can not be acceptable during our time", Mukwege said, speaking through a translator.

"We can not say that we didn't act because we didn't know".

"The first thing they did was force me to convert to Islam", Murad told AFP in 2016.

"Justice for me is taking Daesh members to a court of law and seeing them in court admitting to the crimes they committed against Yazidis and being punished for those crimes specifically", she said.

Murad said the psychological burden of her ordeal and her subsequent work is heavy.

She's hopeful her prize will enable activist like her to approach more governments in their search for justice.

She said Sunday it was hard "for a girl, a woman, to rise up to say that these atrocities have happened".

Announcing the Nobel winners in October, chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said: "A more peaceful world can only be achieved if women and their fundamental rights are recognised and protected in war".

Mukwege has treated tens of thousands of victims- women, children and even babies just a few months old, at Panzi hospital which he founded in 1999 in DR Congo's South Kivu province.

Murad was in the United States when she heard about her prize, and said she was "scared" initially. It was Crown Princess Victoria who turned the most heads, however, wearing a stunning vintage Nina Ricci ballgown - which holds a very special meaning, since her mother Queen Silvia also wore the exact same dress to the ceremony in 1995.

But she stressed that "not a single ISIS terrorist" has appeared in court, adding "this injustice will continue in this world if it is not dealt with now".

The choice to highlight campaigns against sexual violence comes as a rape scandal has shredded the reputation of the Swedish Academy and led to the postponement of this year's Nobel Literature Prize to 2019.

Speaking after receiving the Nobel Prize, she said: "For nearly four years, I have been travelling around the world to tell my story and that of my community and other vulnerable communities, without having achieved any justice".

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