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Denis Mukwege, middle, celebrates together with his employees after studying he has been awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, on the Panzi hospital in Bukavu, japanese Congo, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mukwege, 63, based the hospital and has handled hundreds of girls, lots of whom have been victims of gang rape. Armed males tried to kill him in 2012, forcing him to briefly depart the nation. “The importance of Dr. Mukwege’s enduring, dedicated and selfless efforts in this field cannot be overstated. He has repeatedly condemned impunity for mass rape and criticized the Congolese government and other countries for not doing enough to stop the use of sexual violence against women as a strategy and weapon of war,” the Nobel committee stated in its quotation Friday. (Norwegian Church Help by way of AP)

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Newest on the awarding of the Nobel Prizes (all occasions native):

5:50 p.m.

President Donald Trump hasn’t commented on the brand new Nobel Peace Prize winners however his new ambassador to Congo has.

U.S. Ambassador Mike Hammer says in a Twitter publish: “Congratulations Dr. Denis Mukwege! Looking forward to visiting Panzi Hospital and seeing firsthand your remarkable work against sexual violence and in support of survivors.”

This yr’s Nobel Peace Prize is shared by Mukwege and Nadia Murad, an Iraqi lady who has turn into a worldwide advocate for rape and torture victims — like herself — of Islamic State militants.

Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, stated the panel needed to “send a message” that those that use sexual violence towards ladies “have to be prosecuted and held responsible.”

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5:20 p.m.

The Congolese surgeon who shares this yr’s Nobel Peace Prize says he’s dedicating the award to “the women of all the countries of the world wounded by conflict and confronted by violence every day.”

Dr. Denis Mukwege spoke to jubilant colleagues and supporters at their hospital in japanese Congo, the place information of the award arrived whereas Mukwege was ending an operation.

The 63-year-old Mukwege stated for almost 20 years he has witnessed struggle crimes “against women, teenage girls, small girls, babies.”

He stated “dear survivors around the world, I want to tell you that through this prize the world is listening to you and refuses indifference … We hope that the world will no longer delay taking action in your favor, with force and determination, because the survival of humanity depends on you. It’s you women who carry humanity.”

Mukwege shared the prize with Iraq’s Nadia Murad, a worldwide spokeswoman for Yazidi ladies and women kidnapped into intercourse slavery by Islamic State militants.

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four:50 p.m.

U.N. Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres is hailing Nobel Peace Prize winners Dr. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad as “defenders of human dignity.”

Guterres spoke Friday on the U.N., which in 2016 named Murad its first Goodwill Ambassador for the dignity of survivors of human trafficking.

She was amongst an estimated three,000 feminine members of the Yazidi spiritual minority who have been kidnapped, abused and bought into intercourse slavery by Islamic State militants in Iraq in 2014. Guterres famous that Murad’s “powerful advocacy” helped spur an ongoing U.N. investigation into potential conflict crimes dedicated by IS.

Mukwege, a surgeon who has handled many ladies who have been raped in conflict-wracked Congo, has confronted makes an attempt on his personal life. Guterres calls Mukwege “a fearless champion for human rights.”

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three:20 p.m.

The European Union says this yr’s Nobel Peace Prize “celebrates the strength, the courage and the vision” of co-winners Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, who have been acknowledged for his or her work in combating using sexual violence as a weapon of conflict.

The EU was awarded the peace prize in 2012 for advancing peace, democracy and human rights in Europe. The block stated in a press release Friday that the newest laureates “risked their own lives to help, protect and save others.”

EU overseas coverage chief Federica Mogherini praised the 2, saying they “worked tirelessly within their communities to bring about change and put an end to the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.”

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani recommended their “courage and resilience.” He stated that “in their fight for common human values, (they) richly deserve the Nobel Peace Prize.”

Murad and Mukwege beforehand gained Europe’s prime human rights award, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

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2:40 p.m.

Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege says the information that he was a co-winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize got here whereas he was on the working desk.

In newly posted audio on the Nobel website, Mukwege says Friday he actually doesn’t have time to talk however he described the second that he heard the information as “touching.”

The physician who treats rape victims within the central African nation that was been wracked for many years by battle says he was nearing the top of his second operation of the day when he heard individuals crying.

Mukwege says “I can see in the faces of many women how they are happy to be recognized … this is really so touching.”

He and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad gained for his or her campaigns to finish using sexual violence as a weapon of warfare.

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2:10 p.m.

Iraq’s newly elected president has congratulated Yazidi activist Nadia Murad for being a co-winner of 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

President Barham Saleh stated that honoring Murad is a world recognition of the “catastrophe” that Yazidis have been topic to by Islamic State militants. Murad was captured by IS militants at 19 and raped, crushed and tortured every day earlier than escaping and turning into a world spokeswoman for victims.

State TV quoted Saleh, who was elected by parliament earlier this week, as saying the award can also be acknowledges all victims of “terrorism” in Iraq. State TV says Murad is the primary Iraqi to win any Nobel prize.

She and Dr. Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist who treats rape victims within the Congo, gained the 2018 prize for combating using sexual violence as a weapon of warfare.

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1:30 p.m.

Iraq is celebrating the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to former Islamic State captive Nadia Murad, saying she is the primary Iraqi citizen to win the highest worldwide award.

Iraqi state TV interrupted its regular packages Friday for a particular broadcast about Murad’s award of the Nobel Prize.

It reported that outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi expressed his happiness.

State TV correspondent in Europe Amer al-Moussawi stated in his report that “this is a victory for the just cause that Iraqis fought for against international terrorism.”

Hussam Abdullah, head of the Yazidi Group for Documentation, utilizing an Arabic time period to seek advice from IS, stated “this win represents the international recognition of the genocide that was committed by Daesh.”

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1:25 p.m.

Congolese politicians are expressing delight however taking the chance to make political jabs after surgeon Denis Mukwege was introduced as one of many winners of this yr’s Nobel Peace Prize for his work on combating using sexual violence in warfare. He’s the nation’s first Nobel laureate.

“I am proud to be Congolese,” says the nation’s prime opposition chief, Felix Tshisekedi, in a Twitter publish. “Good done for others always ends up being rewarded.”

One other opposition chief who was just lately barred by the federal government as a candidate in December’s presidential election, Moise Katumbi, tweets that the award places Congo within the international highlight. However he provides that “it’s time for a new political leadership to end the tragedy of raped women.”

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1:10 p.m.

A U.N. spokeswoman says that the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for his or her work in combating using sexual violence as a weapon of conflict is a “fantastic announcement.”

Alessandra Velluci informed reporters in Geneva that “this is a cause that is very close to the United Nations and as you know we have a special representative who is also working towards this, and I’m sure that this Nobel peace prize will help advance the cause of ending sexual violence as a weapon of conflict.”

Murad is the U.N.’s Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.

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12:55 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad.

Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert stated Friday that the German chancellor has “great respect for their work.”

Seibert stated Murad got here to Germany in 2015 as a part of a particular program for feminine victims of violence and met Merkel in 2016 to debate her work serving to others.

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12:50 p.m.

A Dutch-based basis named for Dr. Denis Mukwege has welcomed the announcement that he has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

In a press release, The Mukwege Basis says the award granted Friday to the Congolese gynecological surgeon and to Yazidi activist Nadia Murad sends “a clear message that sexual violence in wars is unacceptable and must stop.”

Mukwege is a particular advisor to the inspiration that works to finish sexual violence in wars. 

The basis says it’s going to “continue to work with Dr. Mukwege and his team, as well as Nadia Murad, towards a world in which sexual violence as a method of warfare is abolished and survivors receive the care they need.”

Reward additionally poured in from different colleagues and supporters of Mukwege.

“Well deserved and long awaited,” stated the chief director of Human Rights Watch, Ken Roth.

“It is 10 years since I first proposed heroic Mukwege for Nobel Prize,” tweeted Jan Egeland, a former U.N. official who now leads the Norwegian Refugee Council.

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12:45 p.m.

Congo’s authorities is congratulating surgeon Denis Mukwege on his Nobel Peace Prize, whereas acknowledging that relations have been strained through the years.

Spokesman Lambert Mende tells The Related Press that Mukwege has finished “remarkable work” treating victims of sexual violence throughout years of battle within the nation’s east.

Mukwege up to now has criticized the Congolese authorities and accused its troops of getting a tradition of sexual violence.

Congo’s authorities spokesman says “we have not always been in agreement” and says Mukwege has had a bent to “politicize” his humanitarian work. Nevertheless, “we salute that a compatriot is recognized.”

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12:35 p.m.

Congo, the sprawling central African nation the place 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege works, has been referred to as “the rape capital of the world,” by the U.N. secretary-general’s particular consultant on sexual violence in battle.

Japanese Congo has seen greater than 20 years of bloody battle amongst armed teams that both sought to unseat presidents or just seize management of a bit of the nation’s trillions of dollars in mineral wealth. Rape has been used as a vicious weapon of conflict.

Hundreds of thousands of individuals have been killed through the years and tens of millions extra have fled. Dozens of armed teams nonetheless roam the area and a few now are disrupting makes an attempt to battle a brand new Ebola outbreak in Congo’s northeast, inflicting alarm amongst well being staff.

Armed males tried to kill Mukwege in 2012, forcing him to briefly depart the nation.

He gained the peace prize Friday with Nadia Murad, a Yazidi lady who turned a worldwide spokeswoman for victims after being raped and tortured by Islamic State militants.

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12:15 p.m.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad was captured by Islamic State militants at 19 and raped, crushed and tortured day by day earlier than managing to flee.

Following remedy in Germany, Murad turned a worldwide spokeswoman for Yazidi ladies, telling their ordeal to the U.N. Safety Council and being named a U.N. particular ambassador.

Tens of hundreds of Yazidis escaped to Mount Sinjar in Iraq in 2014, the place they have been surrounded and besieged by Islamic State militants. The U.S., Iraq, Britain, France and Australia flew in water and provides till Kurdish fighters opened a hall to permit them to flee.

The U.N. has referred to as the IS assault a genocide, saying the Yazidis’ “400,000-strong community had all been displaced, captured or killed.” Of the hundreds captured by IS, boys have been pressured to struggle for the extremists, most of the males have been executed and ladies and women have been bought into slavery.

Germany’s Yazidi group reached out, and the state of Baden Wuerttemberg established a program to deliver ladies abused by IS to Germany, together with Murad.

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12:10 p.m.

The head of the inspiration behind the award generally known as the “alternative Nobel” says giving the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize to Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege “is a fantastic choice,” as a result of he “not only helps mend (women) physically but also restores their human dignity.”

Ole von Uexkull, head of the Proper Livelihood Award Basis, says the 2018 award “must be a clarion call to putting an end to violence against women everywhere around the world.”

He stated Friday Mukwege was given the Proper Livelihood Award in 2013 for “his courageous work healing women survivors of wartime sexual violence and speaking up about its root causes”.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee collectively awarded the peace prize to Mukwege and to Nadia Murad, a Yazidi who was a captive of the Islamic State group.

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12:05 p.m.

The Congolese gynecological surgeon who has gained the Nobel Peace Prize for treating victims of sexual violence has beforehand referred to as gender inequality a shame to society.

Dr. Denis Mukwege made the feedback final yr to a world meeting of the Lutheran church in Namibia. He stated church buildings should converse out towards sexual abuse, and he condemned what he referred to as the “inhumanity” that some males present towards ladies.

Mukwege has handled hundreds of girls in Congo, lots of whom have been victims of gang rape in several conflicts. Armed males tried to kill him in 2012, forcing him to briefly depart the nation.

Mukwege gained the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday together with Nadia Murad, a spokeswoman for Yazidi ladies abused by the Islamic State group.

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11:40 a.m.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee says that Denis Mukwege is “the foremost, most unifying symbol, both nationally and internationally, of the struggle to end sexual violence in war and armed conflicts.”

Mukwege and his group have handled hundreds of sufferers who’ve been raped or sexually abused in Congo’s lengthy civil warfare.

“The importance of Dr. Mukwege’s enduring, dedicated and selfless efforts in this field cannot be overstated. He has repeatedly condemned impunity for mass rape and criticized the Congolese government and other countries for not doing enough to stop the use of sexual violence against women as a strategy and weapon of war,” the committee stated in its quotation Friday.

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11:35 a.m.

Nadia Murad, one of many two winners of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, has turn into a spokeswoman for Yazidi ladies abused by the Islamic State group.

In December 2015, she informed the U.N. Safety Council how she and hundreds of different Yazidi ladies and women have been kidnapped, held in captivity and repeatedly raped after the Iraqi space of Sinjar fell to IS militants in August 2014. She escaped after three months in captivity.

A yr after most IS-held areas have been retaken by Iraqi safety forces, round three,000 Yazidi ladies and women are nonetheless lacking, most presumed lifeless.

On the age of 23, Murad was named the U.N.’s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.

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11:30 a.m.

The head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee says this yr’s Nobel Peace winners have been chosen to attract consideration to the truth that “women are … actually used as weapons of war.”

Berit Reiss-Andersen stated after saying the prize Friday that each laureates, Denis Mukwege of Congo and ethnic Yazidi Nadia Murad, had put their private safety at stake as activists on the difficulty.

Oyvind Sternersen, a Nobel historian, stated “This is a Nobel bullseye; recognizing victims of war has a long history in the peace prize.”

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11 a.m.

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”

The winners have been named Friday by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Congolese physician Mukwege has been a critic of the Congolese authorities and has handled victims of sexual violence. Murad is a Yazidi who was a captive of the Islamic State group.

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6 a.m.

The Nobel Peace Prize is all the time extensively anticipated and typically controversial.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which can announce this yr’s prize on Friday, has acquired nominations for 216 people and 115 organizations. However just a few dozen of them are recognized — the committee retains the record of nominations secret for 50 years, though some candidates are revealed by their nominators.

Amongst these put ahead this yr are the Syrian civilian assist group White Helmets, Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper, Edward Snowden and the U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Refugees.

Final yr’s winner was the Worldwide Marketing campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

The 2018 prize is value 9 million Swedish kronor ($1.01 million). Previous winners who got here underneath criticism embrace former U.S. President Barack Obama, who gained in 2009 after lower than a yr in workplace.

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