Nobel Peace Prize winners demand action against sex abuse

Nobel Peace Prize winners demand action against sex abuse

Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad, an ISIS sex slave survivor, will be presented with the Nobel Peace Prize today, as they challenge the world to combat rape as a weapon of war. She was raped, beaten and tortured before managing to escape three months later.

Murad, who was taken hostage by IS in 2014 but escaped, on Monday became the first Iraqi to receive the prestigious award. The gorgeous royal teamed her look with a voluminous updo, similar again to her mother's original look, and the "forget-me-not" Connaught Tiara by E. Wolff & Co, too.

She dedicated herself to what she described as "our people's fight".

The Yazidi cause has won a high-profile supporter - Lebanese-British lawyer and rights activist Amal Clooney, who also penned the foreword to Murad s book, "The Last Girl", published in 2017.

"This prize, one prize can not remove all the violence and all the attacks on pregnant women, on children, on women and give them justice", Murad said yesterday.

"For me, justice does not mean killing all of the people who commit these crimes against us".

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".

Ms. Murad, speaking at a news conference at the Norwegian Nobel Institute on Sunday, said that not a single person in Iraq had yet faced justice for raping Yazidi women and girls.

"Young girls at the prime of life are sold, bought, held captive and raped every day", she added. "It is inconceivable that the conscience of the leaders of 195 countries around the world is not mobilised to liberate these girls", she said.

"What if they were a commercial deal, an oil field or a shipment of weapons?"

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

"The protection of the Yazidis and all vulnerable communities around the world is the responsibility of the global community", Ms Murad told the ceremony in Oslo. It is the day when good has triumphed over evil, the day when humanity defeated terrorism, the day that the children and women who have suffered persecution have triumphed over the perpetrators of these crimes.

"Thank you very much for this honour, but the fact remains that the only prize in the world that can restore our dignity is justice and the prosecution of criminals".

Fellow laureate Mukwege, who has spent two decades treating rape victims at his hospital in conflict-torn eastern DR Congo, said the Nobel spotlight made it harder for the world to ignore sexual violence.

"This red line would consist of imposing economic and political sanctions on these leaders and taking them to court".

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