The latest decision by the Nobel Peace Prize-giving body to give the award to the Tunisia National Dialogue Quartet is now being criticized by The Nobel Peace Prize Watch.
The watch dog, headed by Nobel laureates, said that the current Nobel Prize-giving body has no understanding of what Alfred Nobel said in his will. Furthermore, the members of the Board of the Nobel Foundation is awarding the Peace Prize based on their own interpretation and reading of Nobel’s will.
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Tunisia National Dialogue Quarter because of its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011, the Nobel Prize org said in its website.
However, Tomas Magnusson of Nobel Peace Prize Watch said that the current Nobel committee have read the expressions of the testament as they like, instead of studying what type of champion of peace and what peace ideas Nobel had in mind signing his will on Nov. 27, 1895.
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“An encouragement to the Tunisian people is fine, but Nobel had a much greater perspective. Indisputable evidence shows that he intended his prize to support a visionary reorganization of internal affairs. The language in his will is a clear confirmation of this,” Magnusson said in a statement.
The watch dog also filed a lawsuit against the Board of the Nobel Foundation for its awarding of the Peace Prize to the European Union or EU in 2012. The watchdog alleged that giving the prize to the EU is an illegal use of the Foundation’s Funds. The lawsuit was initiated by Mairead Maguire, a Nobel Prize laureate, David Swanson, Jan Oberg and the Nobel Peace Prize Watch. None of the members of the Board of the Nobel Foundation had responded when the time limit set in a notice of litigation expired on Oct. 6, 2015, the watch dog said in a statement.