The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) warmly congratulates the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege. As announced by the Norwegian Nobel Committee on 5 October, the prize was awarded “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”
Yazidi-Iraqi activist Nadia Murad and Congolese gynecologist Dr. Denis Mukwege have made crucial contributions to end the use of rape as a weapon of war by highlighting the stories of survivors and working tirelessly to end impunity for perpetrators.
As the ICBL discovered in 1997*, laureates are provided a greater platform to be heard on critical humanitarian issues. We strongly hope and wish that the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize will greatly contribute to a worldwide recognition that sexual violence as a weapon of war is unacceptable and illegal, similar to the use of antipersonnel landmines, and constitutes a war crime.
*The ICBL was awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, jointly with its coordinator Jody Williams, in recognition of its efforts to bring about the Mine Ban Treaty, which aims to put an end to the suffering and casualties caused by antipersonnel mines.