James Anaya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, a Norwegian newspaper has reported.
Torgeir Knag Fylkesnes, member of Norway’s Parliament, has nominated Anaya, the newspaper NRK reported on February 1.
“The world's Indigenous Peoples are in a particularly vulnerable position,” said Fylkesnes, according to a translation of the NRK story. “Their livelihoods are threatened by climate change and an ever increasing exploitation of natural resources.”
Anaya's work bringing attention to these issues qualifies him for the prize, one of five awards given annually, the parliamentarian said. Anaya has toured both Canada and the United States and released detailed reports on the deplorable conditions under which the Indigenous Peoples of both nations live.
The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which is barred from releasing nominees’ names or any other information about the nominations for 50 years.
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