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* NSG PEACE PRIZE 2015 (Sixth Edition) *

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NSG Peace Prize VI

Poll ended at Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:42 am

Rouhani & Kerry & Iran & P5+1
21
31%
Merkel & German government
8
12%
Blue Shield International
10
15%
Médecins Sans Frontières
27
40%
Tutu
2
3%
 
Total votes : 68

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* NSG PEACE PRIZE 2015 (Sixth Edition) *

Postby Risottia » Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:33 am

The NSG Peace Prize Committee presents
The Sixth Edition of the

NationStates General

PEACE PRIZE

- Year 2015 -



PROCLAMATION
The NationStates General Peace Prize Committee,
having taken into account the results of the proceedings, presents


Médecins Sans Frontières

with the Sixth Edition of the NationStates General Peace Prize - Year 2015.


The Prize is awarded them
for their selfless devotion to providing free care to those who need it, regardless of who they are, in some of the worst conflicts and emergencies witnessed in recent history. The organisation was originally founded in 1971 in the wake of the Biafra secession and since then has helped deliver healthcare and medicinal training to many thousands in such situations as; the civil wars in Sudan, the genocide in Rwanda, the al-Anfal conflict, the Liberian civil war, and the Cambodian wars. In more than 40 years of facing incredible difficulty in their work, the MSF has only called for military action once. This was in Rwanda after they lost almost 100 staff, and the first hand witnessing of the mass murder made it obvious that the conflict could not be solved by doctors alone. To this day the men and women of MSF strive to help those in need, facing the very real threat of direct violence, kidnap, and landmines, not to mention the risks of disease. They give freely to people regardless of race, faith, political affiliation, and also believe the needs of these people outweigh any respect for borders.



The Committee desires furthermore to honour the memory of Alan Kurdi, also known as Aylan Kurdi, whose death represented clearly to the whole world the plight of the hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers escaping from war-torn areas to seek shelter in Europe. The Committee wants to remember that receiving shelter from wars is a human right, enshrined in various declarations, treatises and constitutions, but way too often ignored by many countries and many people.

the Chair of the Committee
Risottia





PROCEEDINGS

Just like last year, it's time for the NSG PEACE PRIZE!
Every one of us will be able to nominate a single RL individual, or a single RL organization, which deserves to be honoured for the extraordinary contribution given to the cause of human rights and/or peace. Please explain summarily what the contribution is. Take a peep at the proceedings of the previous editions for ideas.
Also inanimated objects are eligible, see rules below.

Also, do welcome Minoa, a new Committee member who will help us with the proceedings and the rules.

for the Committee, Risottia (Chair)



Links to the proceedings and proclamations of all the editions
Proceedings and proclamation of the First Edition (2010)
Proceedings and proclamation of the Second Edition (2011)
Proceedings and proclamation of the Third Edition (2012)
Proceedings and proclamation of the Fourth Edition (2013)
Proceedings and proclamation of the Fifth Edition (2014)
Proceedings and proclamation of the Sixth Edition (2015)
Proceedings and proclamation of the Seventh Edition (2016)

NOTES & RULES

ABOUT THE NOMINATIONS PHASE:
  • The nominations phase is now CLOSED.
  • Every single nomination will have to be supported by at least 5 NSGers to pass to the next stage - poll between the 10 most supported nominations. ...if less than 10 candidates will have reached 5 nominations, the Committee will try to include in the final poll also those who got 4, or eventually 3, nominations only.
  • REAL LIFE individuals, REAL LIFE organizations. No NS Nations, groups of NS Nations, or otherwise fictional nominees.
  • PEOPLE must be ALIVE at the moment of the nomination. ORGANIZATIONS must be ACTIVE at the moment of the nomination.
  • INANIMATED OBJECTS accepted also, provided they are single, physical objects still existing at the moment of the nomination. As a guideline, it should be something eligible as UNESCO World Heritage (material or immaterial).
  • ALWAYS provide a good explanation of the contribute your nominee has given. Take a peep at the previous editions to have examples of good and bad explanations.
  • ONLY ONE nomination per NSGer, please. THIS INCLUDES SUPPORTING OTHER NOMINATIONS: if you already nominated someone you cannot support someone else's nomination. You can retire a nomination/support you previously made/gave (we'd prefer you didn't though, because the thread would become a mess!). And no, you can't support more than one nomination. I thought it was clear.
  • Note: If you aren't submitting a new nomination, and are instead going to support someone that has already been nominated, be sure to check the WHOLE nomination list.
  • Please, campaign against nominees just in the POLL phase.
  • NO NOMINATIONS VIA TG WILL BE ACCEPTED. ONLY POSTS IN THIS THREAD. ALSO DO NOT PESTER THE COMMITTEE VIA TG.
  • Previous winners of the prize cannot be nominated.
  • Support by puppet nations - identified as such by NS mods - will be considered void.

Note: considering how some people are evidently NOT reading the rules above, the committee will consider as void the posts with double nominations or supports.


ABOUT THE POLL PHASE:
  • The poll is now CLOSED.
  • YES you can change your vote in the poll.
  • NO you can't vote for more than one candidate.
  • NO you don't have necessarily to vote for the same candidate you nominated.
  • YES you can campaign for/against candidates ON THIS THREAD DURING THE POLL PHASE. Just let's keep it reasonable, ok?


POLL
The poll is now CLOSED.
Poll between:
  • Hassan Rouhani (individual, Iran), John Kerry (individual, USA), Iran and the P5+1 (organisation, international), 8 nominations
  • Angela Merkel (individual, Germany) and the German government (organisation, Germany), 7 nominations
  • Blue Shield International (organisation, international), 7 nominations
  • Médecins Sans Frontières (organisation, international), 5 nominations
  • Desmond Tutu (individual, South Africa), 3 nominations

NOMINATIONS LIST



  • Angela Merkel (individual, Germany) and the German government (organisation, Germany)
    for her handling of the migrant crisis. In the face of great resistance, where fellow governments in both Germany's area (UK among others), and Syria's area (Saoudi-Arabia, among others) are at best hesitant to accept refugees; Germany has stepped up to the place and welcomes them. This is saving and improving thousands of lives, that would otherwise be stuck in poor if not outright dangerous conditions.
    7 nominations: The Blaatschapen, Herrebrugh, New Werpland, Eastern Equestria, Kaboomlandia, The Conez Imperium

  • Blue Shield International (organisation, international)
    In a period where cultural heritage is under considerable threat from war - as shown by (among other examples) the wanton destruction of cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq by most sides in the overlapping conflicts - those heritage professionals who risk their lives to at least try and save our global cultural heritage for future generations deserve some form of recognition even if the nature of their work means they're not always successful.
    7 nominations: The Archregimancy, Deuxtete, The Serbian Empire, Washington Resistance Army, The United Countries of America, Neo-Vinnland

  • Aleksandr Lukašenka (aka Lukashenko) (individual, Belarus)
    for his efforts in trying to negotiate peace and promote dialogue between Ukraine and Russia who are currently in war. He has tried to find balance between two sides and Belarus has hosted 2 summits in Minsk where leaders of Germany, Ukraine, France and Russia met to find a solution to this conflict.
    2 nominations: Teemant, United Marxist Nations

  • Médecins Sans Frontières (organisation, international)
    because of their selfless devotion to providing free care to those who need it, regardless of who they are, in some of the worst conflicts and emergencies witnessed in recent history. The organisation was originally founded in 1971 in the wake of the Biafra secession and since then has helped deliver healthcare and medicinal training to many thousands in such situations as; the civil wars in Sudan, the genocide in Rwanda, the al-Anfal conflict, the Liberian civil war, and the Cambodian wars. In more than 40 years of facing incredible difficulty in their work, the MSF has only called for military action once. This was in Rwanda after they lost almost 100 staff, and the first hand witnessing of the mass murder made it obvious that the conflict could not be solved by doctors alone. To this day the men and women of MSF strive to help those in need, facing the very real threat of direct violence, kidnap, and landmines, not to mention the risks of disease. They give freely to people regardless of race, faith, political affiliation, and also believe the needs of these people outweigh any respect for borders.
    5 nominations: Shamhnan Insir, Neutraligon, The Saint James Islands, -Ebola-, Izdequitch

  • Freedom From Religion Foundation (organisation, USA)
    for their ongoing efforts to promote secular society.
    THIS NOMINATION NEEDS TO BE EXPANDED, AN EXCERPT OF THEIR OWN WEBSITE ISN'T ENOUGH
    NOMINATION ACCEPTED WITH RESERVE
    1 nomination: Dyakovo

  • Hassan Rouhani (individual, Iran), John Kerry (individual, USA), Iran and the P5+1 (organisation, international)
    for negotiating and settling on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Despite pressure from numerous opponents that ranged from Israel to political forces within their own governments, the P5+1 and Iran achieved a comprehensive nuclear deal that looks set to prevent a nuclear arms race in the Middle East between Iran, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.
    ... Hassan Rouhani, the President of Iran because of his ability to negotiate a historic deal with the United States of America, even when everyone from his Supreme Leader, to many people in his own nation, to many people in America tried to stop him. The deal represents huge progress and may be a huge step for peace in the Middle East. No other issue impacted Peace this year more than this deal and Hassan was the biggest player in it.
    ...John Kerry, for pulling off the impossible between two historically unfriendly states, and managing to hammer out an anti-nuke agreement with Iran despite powerful forces in both nations doing all that they could to sabotage the process. If this works--and there's no compelling reason to believe that it will not, and every reason to expect that it will--then this has been a major step in combating the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and providing some sort of sense of stability in an increasingly unstable region.
    8 nominations: Eol Sha, Braberland, Greater United Kingdom of Wiland, Gellinor, Yumyumsuppertime, Atomic Utopia, Marcurix, New Tuva SSSR
    THE COMMITTEE HAS MERGED THE NOMINATIONS OF ROUHANI, KERRY, AND IRAN/P5+1

  • Betty Makoni (individual, Zimbabwe)
    a Zimbabwean gender activist who founded the Girl Child Network in 1999. Girl Child Network is a charity which cares for Zimbabwean sex abuse victims. The organization has rescued more than 35,000 girls. She earned two degrees from the University of Zimbabwe, and has been awarded numerous national and international awards. Orphaned as a child and sexually abused, Makoni is helping dispel erroneous information spread by "healers" and religious men that having sex with a virgin girl cures AIDS. She continues to rescue girls who have been raped and sexually abused by giving them shelter and education.
    1 nomination: Nanatsu no Tsuki

  • Desmond Tutu (individual, South Africa)
    not only a courageous fighter against apartheid, but he still continues to fight corruption, AIDs, poverty, and misinformation today. He does this not only in South Africa, but for his entire continent.
    3 nominations: Liberty and Linguistics, Ulg, Wolfmanne2

  • Petro Poroshenko (individual, Ukraine)
    for his efforts to bring peace to his long-suffering and still fighting for it's real freedom country. He of all the people tries to actually follow these Minsk agreements and currently is even willing to sacrifice his own career as a politician in the name of long lasting peace.
    1 nomination: Sharania

  • Genocide Watch (organisation, international)
    an organization dedicating to documenting and researching genocide. Genocide Watch also documents situations of discrimination and racism which could lead to genocide. Genocide Watch has a "10 stages" model which is able to show how close countries around the world are to genocide. Genocide Watch has contributed significantly to the prevention and documentation of genocide and has significantly contributed to global peace.
    1 nomination: Confederate Ramenia

  • Al Jazeera English Channel (organisation, international)
    for insisting that migrants should be seen as refugees instead, hence enticing humanity to have a much softer and respectful heart towards those fleeing conflict or human rights oppression, and to encourage humanity not to assume that all X are Y (in keeping with the spirit of one of the NSG forum rules). They say that the word "migrant" is no longer fit for purpose when it comes to recent events like the events in the Mediterranean Sea and the border crisis.
    2 nominations: Minoa, Merizoc



  • Kim-Yong Un (individual, DPR Korea)
    NOMINATION SUSPENDED because of insufficient motivation
  • Vladimir Vladimirovic Putin (individual, Russia)
    NOMINATION SUSPENDED because of insufficient motivation
  • Viktor Orban (individual, Hungary)
    NOMINATION SUSPENDED because of insufficient motivation
  • Ron Paul (individual, USA)
    NOMINATION REJECTED because of insufficient motivation
  • David Cameron (individual, UK)
    NOMINATION SUSPENDED because of insufficient motivation
  • David Duke (individual, ???)
    NOMINATION SUSPENDED because of insufficient motivation
  • The Independent (organisation, UK)
    NOMINATION RETIRED
  • Aylan Kurdi (individual, Syria)
    NOMINATION REJECTED because the nominee was dead at the time of the nomination.
    The Committee, anyway, will remember the late Mr.Kurdi and with a honourable mention.
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Postby The Blaatschapen » Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:40 am

I'd like to nominate Angela Merkel and the German federal government for their handling of the refugee issue.
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Postby Herrebrugh » Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:41 am

The Blaatschapen wrote:I'd like to nominate Angela Merkel and the German federal government for their handling of the refugee issue.

I'll support this.
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Postby Risottia » Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:45 am

The Blaatschapen wrote:I'd like to nominate Angela Merkel and the German federal government for their handling of the refugee issue.

Expand the motivations please.
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Postby The Archregimancy » Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:48 am

I repeat my nomination from the Fifth Edition; in the wake of events at Nimrud and Palmyra, I think it's become even more relevant than it was last year:

I nominate Blue Shield International.

The Blue Shield is the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. It is the protective emblem specified in the 1954 Hague Convention (Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict) for marking cultural sites to give them protection from attack in the event of armed conflict. The Blue Shield network consists of organizations dealing with museums, archives, audiovisual supports, libraries, as well as monuments and sites.


http://www.ancbs.org/cms/en/about-us


In a period where cultural heritage is under considerable threat from war - as shown by (among other examples) the wanton destruction of cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq by most sides in the overlapping conflicts - those heritage professionals who risk their lives to at least try and save our global cultural heritage for future generations deserve some form of recognition even if the nature of their work means they're not always successful.


Edit: I've just done some minor updates on the above to reflect some recent changes (and offer a better web link), but anyone seconding the nomination before the edits is still seconding the nomination of the same organisation.
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Postby The Matthew Islands » Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:53 am

In not particularly clever so bear with me, but:


I would like to nominate Aylan Kurdi, whos tragic and needless death helped Europe find some of its humanity.
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Postby The Blaatschapen » Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:56 am

Risottia wrote:
The Blaatschapen wrote:I'd like to nominate Angela Merkel and the German federal government for their handling of the refugee issue.

Expand the motivations please.


Alright, in the face of great resistance, where fellow governments in both Germany's area (UK among others), and Syria's area (Saoudi-Arabia, among others) are at best hesitant to accept refugees; Germany has stepped up to the place and welcomes them. This is saving and improving thousands of lives, that would otherwise be stuck in poor if not outright dangerous conditions.
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Postby The Serbian Empire » Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:57 am

The Archregimancy wrote:I repeat my nomination from the Fifth Edition; in the wake of events at Nimrud and Palmyra, I think it's become even more relevant than it was last year:

I nominate the International Committee of the Blue Shield.

The Blue Shield is the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. It is the protective emblem specified in the 1954 Hague Convention (Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict) for marking cultural sites to give them protection from attack in the event of armed conflict. The Blue Shield network consists of organizations dealing with museums, archives, audiovisual supports, libraries, as well as monuments and sites.


http://www.icomos.org/en/what-we-do/ico ... lue-shield


In a period where cultural heritage is under considerable threat from war - as shown by (among other examples) the wanton destruction of cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq by most sides in the overlapping conflicts - those heritage professionals who risk their lives to at least try and save our global cultural heritage for future generations deserve some form of recognition even if the nature of their work means they're not always successful.

I'll back this nomination since I have no better option I can come up with myself.
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Postby Knokkeheist » Wed Sep 16, 2015 3:05 am

I nominate Kim Jong Un for opening his skipark for the world.

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Postby Washington Resistance Army » Wed Sep 16, 2015 3:13 am

The Archregimancy wrote:I repeat my nomination from the Fifth Edition; in the wake of events at Nimrud and Palmyra, I think it's become even more relevant than it was last year:

I nominate the International Committee of the Blue Shield.

The Blue Shield is the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. It is the protective emblem specified in the 1954 Hague Convention (Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict) for marking cultural sites to give them protection from attack in the event of armed conflict. The Blue Shield network consists of organizations dealing with museums, archives, audiovisual supports, libraries, as well as monuments and sites.


http://www.icomos.org/en/what-we-do/ico ... lue-shield


In a period where cultural heritage is under considerable threat from war - as shown by (among other examples) the wanton destruction of cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq by most sides in the overlapping conflicts - those heritage professionals who risk their lives to at least try and save our global cultural heritage for future generations deserve some form of recognition even if the nature of their work means they're not always successful.


Seconding this, I have nothing but respect and admiration for the work those people do.
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Postby New Werpland » Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:25 am

The Blaatschapen wrote:
Risottia wrote:Expand the motivations please.


Alright, in the face of great resistance, where fellow governments in both Germany's area (UK among others), and Syria's area (Saoudi-Arabia, among others) are at best hesitant to accept refugees; Germany has stepped up to the place and welcomes them. This is saving and improving thousands of lives, that would otherwise be stuck in poor if not outright dangerous conditions.

I support this nomination as well.

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Postby Ifreann » Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:36 am

The Matthew Islands wrote:In not particularly clever so bear with me, but:


I would like to nominate Aylan Kurdi, whos tragic and needless death helped Europe find some of its humanity.

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Postby Teemant » Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:58 am

In general I don't support the person I'm going to nominate but I think it is worth mentioning:

I would nominate Aleksandr Lukašenka for his efforts in trying to negotiate peace and promote dialogue between Ukraine and Russia who are currently in war. He has tried to find balance between two sides and Belarus has hosted 2 summits in Minsk where leaders of Germany, Ukraine, France and Russia met to find a solution to this conflict.
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Postby The United Countries of America » Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:05 am

The Archregimancy wrote:I repeat my nomination from the Fifth Edition; in the wake of events at Nimrud and Palmyra, I think it's become even more relevant than it was last year:

I nominate Blue Shield International.

The Blue Shield is the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. It is the protective emblem specified in the 1954 Hague Convention (Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict) for marking cultural sites to give them protection from attack in the event of armed conflict. The Blue Shield network consists of organizations dealing with museums, archives, audiovisual supports, libraries, as well as monuments and sites.


http://www.ancbs.org/cms/en/about-us


In a period where cultural heritage is under considerable threat from war - as shown by (among other examples) the wanton destruction of cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq by most sides in the overlapping conflicts - those heritage professionals who risk their lives to at least try and save our global cultural heritage for future generations deserve some form of recognition even if the nature of their work means they're not always successful.


Edit: I've just done some minor updates on the above to reflect some recent changes (and offer a better web link), but anyone seconding the nomination before the edits is still seconding the nomination of the same organisation.


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Postby Minoa » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:37 am

Checkpoint of nominations so far:

Organisations:
Blue Shield International (The Archregimancy, supported by The Serbian Empire, Washington Resistance Army and The United Countries of America)

People:
Angela Merkel (The Blaatschapen, supported by Herrebrugh and New Werpland)
Aleksandr Lukašenka (Teemant)



I would like to dispute the nomination of Kim-Jong Un by Knokkeheist due to sustained and extremely clear evidence of extraordinary human rights abuses (https://www.hrw.org/asia/north-korea). Risottia, do we agree to disqualify Kim Jong Un?

At present, I am accepting all nominations with good reasons (except for that one that was too obvious), but do we have a mechanism for checking the credibility of the nominees?
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Postby Braberland » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:39 am

I find the idea of a peace prize so redicilous.

So I'll nominate Vladimir Putin, just like the Swedes nominated Hitler just before WW2.
Why Putin? He's protecting the 'liberties' of the 'oppressed peoples' in South Ossetia, the Donetsk People's Republic, the Luhansk People's Republic and Abkhazia.
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Postby Herrebrugh » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:39 am

Minoa wrote:Checkpoint of nominations so far:

Organisations:
Blue Shield International (The Archregimancy, supported by The Serbian Empire, Washington Resistance Army and The United Countries of America)

People:
Angela Merkel (The Blaatschapen, supported by New Werpland)
Aleksandr Lukašenka (Teemant)



I would like to dispute the nomination of Kim-Jong Un by Knokkeheist due to sustained and extremely clear evidence of extraordinary human rights abuses (https://www.hrw.org/asia/north-korea). Risottia, do we agree to disqualify Kim Jong Un?

At present, I am accepting all nominations with good reasons (except for that one that was too obvious), but do we have a mechanism for checking the credibility of the nominees?


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Postby Minoa » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:45 am

Herrebrugh wrote:
Minoa wrote:Checkpoint of nominations so far:

Organisations:
Blue Shield International (The Archregimancy, supported by The Serbian Empire, Washington Resistance Army and The United Countries of America)

People:
Angela Merkel (The Blaatschapen, supported by New Werpland)
Aleksandr Lukašenka (Teemant)



I would like to dispute the nomination of Kim-Jong Un by Knokkeheist due to sustained and extremely clear evidence of extraordinary human rights abuses (https://www.hrw.org/asia/north-korea). Risottia, do we agree to disqualify Kim Jong Un?

At present, I am accepting all nominations with good reasons (except for that one that was too obvious), but do we have a mechanism for checking the credibility of the nominees?


I think you forgot me...

Got it, sorry. Your backing was made before the original nominee clarified his reasons.

Braberland wrote:I find the idea of a peace prize so redicilous.

So I'll nominate Vladimir Putin, just like the Swedes nominated Hitler just before WW2.

You'll need a reason for nominating Putin.
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Postby Braberland » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:48 am

Minoa wrote:
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I think you forgot me...

Got it, sorry. Your backing was made before the original nominee clarified his reasons.

Braberland wrote:I find the idea of a peace prize so redicilous.

So I'll nominate Vladimir Putin, just like the Swedes nominated Hitler just before WW2.

You'll need a reason for nominating Putin.

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Postby Deuxtete » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:49 am

The Archregimancy wrote:I repeat my nomination from the Fifth Edition; in the wake of events at Nimrud and Palmyra, I think it's become even more relevant than it was last year:

I nominate Blue Shield International.

The Blue Shield is the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. It is the protective emblem specified in the 1954 Hague Convention (Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict) for marking cultural sites to give them protection from attack in the event of armed conflict. The Blue Shield network consists of organizations dealing with museums, archives, audiovisual supports, libraries, as well as monuments and sites.


http://www.ancbs.org/cms/en/about-us


In a period where cultural heritage is under considerable threat from war - as shown by (among other examples) the wanton destruction of cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq by most sides in the overlapping conflicts - those heritage professionals who risk their lives to at least try and save our global cultural heritage for future generations deserve some form of recognition even if the nature of their work means they're not always successful.


Edit: I've just done some minor updates on the above to reflect some recent changes (and offer a better web link), but anyone seconding the nomination before the edits is still seconding the nomination of the same organisation.

Second this.
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Postby Shamhnan Insir » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:51 am

After a wee bit of deliberation I've decided to nominate Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) also known as "Doctors without Borders"
I believe them to be well worthy of nomination and support because of their selfless devotion to providing free care to those who need it, regardless of who they are, in some of the worst conflicts and emergencies witnessed in recent history.
The organisation was originally founded in 1971 in the wake of the Biafra secession and since then has helped deliver healthcare and medicinal training to many thousands in such situations as; the civil wars in Sudan, the genocide in Rwanda, the al-Anfal conflict, the Liberian civil war, and the Cambodian wars.
In more than 40 years of facing incredible difficulty in their work, the MSF has only called for military action once. This was in Rwanda after they lost almost 100 staff, and the first hand witnessing of the mass murder made it obvious that the conflict could not be solved by doctors alone.
To this day the men and women of MSF strive to help those in need, facing the very real threat of direct violence, kidnap, and landmines, not to mention the risks of disease. They give freely to people regardless of race, faith, political affiliation, and also believe the needs of these people outweigh any respect for borders.
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Postby Minoa » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:58 am

Due to a flaw in the last checkpoint, I've posted a new one:

Checkpoint of nominations so far:

Organisations:
Blue Shield International (The Archregimancy, supported by The Serbian Empire, Washington Resistance Army, The United Countries of America and Deuxtete)
Médecins Sans Frontières (Shamhnan Insir)

People:
Aleksandr Lukašenka (Teemant)
Angela Merkel (The Blaatschapen, supported by Herrebrugh and New Werpland)
Vladimir Putin (Braberland)



Again, disputing the nomination of Kim-Jong Un by Knokkeheist due to sustained and extremely clear evidence of extraordinary human rights abuses (https://www.hrw.org/asia/north-korea). Risottia, do we agree to disqualify Kim Jong Un?

At present, I am accepting all nominations with good reasons (except for that one that was too obvious), but do we have a mechanism for checking the credibility of the nominees? At this time I am acting as a clerk for new nominations, we might need more than one hands to sort through the growing list like those people at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
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Postby Dyakovo » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:59 am

I nominate the Freedom from Religion Foundation for their ongoing efforts to promote secular society.
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The Foundation and its staff attorneys act on countless violations of separation of state and church on behalf of members and the public

including: Prayers in public schools, payment of funds for religious purposes, government funding of pervasively sectarian institutions, and the ongoing campaign against civil rights for women, gays and lesbians led by churches.

The Foundation keeps several challenges in the courts at all times, and has ended a variety of violations of the First Amendment including:

• Winning the first federal case challenging “faith-based funding” of a pervasively sectarian social agency • Winning the first court order to a U.S. Cabinet revoking federal funds to a pervasively sectarian agency • Halting federal funds to a bible school offering no academic classes • Ending “parish nursing” faith/health entanglements at two state universities • Halting a government chaplaincy to minister to state workers Other victories include: • Winning a legal challenge ending 51 years of illegal bible instruction in Rhea County (Dayton, Tennessee) public schools • Winning a federal court decision overturning a law declaring Good Friday a state holiday • Barring direct subsidy to religious schools, in a federal lawsuit upheld by an appeals court • Declaring unconstitutional the creation of a state post to “assist clergy” to save marriages • Stopping public financing of an annual nativity pageant at a state capitol • Ending commencement prayers at a Top Ten University • Halting religious postal cancellations

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Listing of their successes this year.
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Postby Eol Sha » Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:12 am

I'd like to nominate Iran and the P5+1 and their respective foreign ministers for negotiating and settling on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Despite pressure from numerous opponents that ranged from Israel to political forces within their own governments, the P5+1 and Iran achieved a comprehensive nuclear deal that looks set to prevent a nuclear arms race in the Middle East between Iran, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.
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Postby Wolfmanne2 » Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:18 am

Despite considering The Sunday Sport for their groundbreaking journalism in discovering ISIS' latest tactic, I'd like to nominate The Independent for their decisive act of publishing the photograph of the dead Syrian child when other news outlets skimmed over the details, for the #refugeeswelcome campaign and for consistently advocating the genuine plight of the refugees to turn the tide of public opinion in Britain and around the world. They are the leader in the UK for defending those who seek a better life, more so than any other British newspaper. They are certainly one of the few in the world which is treating the refugee crisis for what it is - a matter of life and death.


Dyakovo wrote:I nominate the Freedom from Religion Foundation for their ongoing efforts to promote secular society.
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The Foundation and its staff attorneys act on countless violations of separation of state and church on behalf of members and the public

including: Prayers in public schools, payment of funds for religious purposes, government funding of pervasively sectarian institutions, and the ongoing campaign against civil rights for women, gays and lesbians led by churches.

The Foundation keeps several challenges in the courts at all times, and has ended a variety of violations of the First Amendment including:

• Winning the first federal case challenging “faith-based funding” of a pervasively sectarian social agency • Winning the first court order to a U.S. Cabinet revoking federal funds to a pervasively sectarian agency • Halting federal funds to a bible school offering no academic classes • Ending “parish nursing” faith/health entanglements at two state universities • Halting a government chaplaincy to minister to state workers Other victories include: • Winning a legal challenge ending 51 years of illegal bible instruction in Rhea County (Dayton, Tennessee) public schools • Winning a federal court decision overturning a law declaring Good Friday a state holiday • Barring direct subsidy to religious schools, in a federal lawsuit upheld by an appeals court • Declaring unconstitutional the creation of a state post to “assist clergy” to save marriages • Stopping public financing of an annual nativity pageant at a state capitol • Ending commencement prayers at a Top Ten University • Halting religious postal cancellations

This nomination is frivolous and has no place on the NSG Peace Prize. Firstly, this organisation has presence in only one country, the United States. Their jurisidiction or area of operations does not extend outside said country. In addition, considering the attitude towards secularism within the United States, I think allowing the nomination of an organisation which is a belligerent in a conflict of how much role should faith have in society rather than one that actively strives towards creating peace goes against the spirit of the NSG Peace Prize. And finally, most of all, the Freedom from Religion Foundation advocates cases that relate to constitutional law at best and certainly not human rights. Secularism has no bearing on the latter and plenty of nations, such as the Nordic states and the United Kingdom, are nominally not secular.
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