Institute receives 305 nominations for 2023 Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Institute announced on Wednesday that 305 nominations for this year's Nobel Peace Prize had been received, while remaining tight-lipped about the names on the list. 

The nominations, which are fewer than the record 376 registered in 2016, include 212 individuals and 93 organizations, according to the Oslo-based institute's website. 

The identity of the candidates is kept confidential for 50 years in accordance with Nobel statutes. 

Those eligible to nominate, however, including former laureates, lawmakers and cabinet ministers from any country in the world, as well as some university professors, are free to reveal the identity of the person or organization they have proposed. 

Like last year, the majority of the names that have been made public so far are either participants in Ukraine's nearly year-long conflict or opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and a Ukrainian group working to establish an international war crimes tribunal are among them. 

Others known to have been nominated include imprisoned Putin critics such as anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny, who was poisoned, journalist and political activist Vladimir Kara-Murza, and the pro-democracy youth movement Vesna. 

Climate activists Greta Thunberg of Sweden and Vanessa Nakate of Uganda are also thought to be on the list this year, as is Iranian women's activist Masih Alinejad and her anti-hijab movement My Stealthy Freedom, as well as the Salvation Army. 

Chinese and Hong Kong pro-democracy activists (Chow Hang-tung, Peng Lifa, the group Uyghur Tribunal), as well as Myanmar's ambassador to the UN Kyaw Moe Tun — sacked by the junta but still in his position — and the anti-junta coalition NUCC, and Maggie Gobran, who helps the poor in Cairo's slums, are believed to have been nominated. 

Last year, the Nobel Peace Prize was shared by the Russian human rights organization Memorial, Ukraine's Center for Civil Liberties, and jailed Belarusian rights advocate Ales Bialiatski, a trio representing the three nations at the heart of Ukraine's war, all of which have been critical of each other.

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