An online petition wants the Greek islanders to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The online petition asks the Norwegian Nobel Committee to consider the Greek islanders for the honour. It believes the islanders “have opened their homes and hearts” to save refugees.
“Ordinary residents of Greek islands and other volunteers have been on the front lines of Europe’s refugee crisis for months, opening up their hearts and homes to save hundreds of thousands flee-ing war and terror,” the petition reads.
“For their compassion and courage, for treating those in danger with humanity, and for setting an example for the rest of the world to follow, we citizens from around the world, nominate these brave women and men.”
The petition requires 500,000 signatures. It has already reached 300,000. More than 60,000 people have shared the campaign on Facebook. The supporters of the online petition seem to be coming from all over the world.
People from countries like Bangladesh, Australia and the United States are seen signing the petition. The movement that aims to honour the “unsung heroes” is now going viral.
Thousands of people get nominated for the Nobel Prize every year. According to the official website, the nominees “are chosen in such a way that as many countries and universities as possible are represented over time.”
The Nobel Peace Prize is not always awarded to an individual. In 2015, it was awarded to the National Dialogue Quartet. In 2013, it was awarded to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. In 2012, it was awarded to the European Union.
One of the most controversial choices for the honour was US President Barack Obama. He got it in 2009 for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
Who Can Nominate for a Nobel Prize?
Members of academies, university professors, scientists, previous Nobel Laureates, members of parliamentary assemblies and others can submit candidates for the Nobel Prizes.