Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad were awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for “their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced Friday.
The committee received nominations for 216 individuals and 115 organizations for the 9 million Swedish kronor ($1.01 million) award.
Last year’s winner was the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Past winners who came under criticism include former U.S. President Barack Obama, who won in 2009 after less than a year in office.
Among those put forward this year were the Syrian civilian aid group White Helmets, Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper, Edward Snowden and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
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