Swedish Professor Nominates Whistleblower Edward Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize

July 16, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Could Edward Snowden perhaps be considered ‘the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses’?

Swedish sociology professor at Umea University, Stefan Svallfors, wholeheartedly believes so and has nominated the now trending U.S. National Security Agency-Whistleblower Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize via a descriptive letter to the Nobel Committee. The nomination for Snowden is ineligible for the award to be distributed at the end of this year however, he may and is obligated to be seriously considered for the 2014 Prize award.

Professor Svallfors nominee letter is as follows from Daily Mail Online

“Best committee members!

I suggest that the 2013 Peace Prize awarded to the American citizen Edward Snowden.

Edward Snowden has – in a heroic effort at great personal cost – revealed the existence and extent of the surveillance, the U.S. government devotes electronic communications worldwide. By putting light on this monitoring program – conducted in contravention of national laws and international agreements – Edward Snowden has helped to make the world a little bit better and safer.

Through his personal efforts, he has also shown that individuals can stand up for fundamental rights and freedoms. This example is important because since the Nuremberg trials in 1945 has been clear that the slogan “I was just following orders” is never claimed as an excuse for acts contrary to human rights and freedoms. Despite this, it is very rare that individual citizens having the insight of their personal responsibility and courage Edward Snowden shown in his revelation of the American surveillance program. For this reason, he is a highly affordable candidate.

The decision to award the 2013 prize to Edward Snowden would – in addition to being well justified in itself – also help to save the Nobel Peace Prize from the disrepute that incurred by the hasty and ill-conceived decision to award U.S. President Barack Obama 2009 award. It would show its willingness to stand up in defense of civil liberties and human rights, even when such a defense be viewed with disfavour by the world’s dominant military power.


Stefan Svallfors 
Professor of Sociology at Umeå University”

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Stephanie is a senior Advertising and Public Relations & Multiplatform Journalism double major at Duquesne University expected to graduate in May 2014.

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