This year’s Nobel Peace Prize draws hundreds of nominees

OSLO (Reuters) – Some 329 nominations have been received for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, likely reflecting the profusion of pressing human rights issues around the world, the secretary of the committee which awards the prize said on Monday.

“It is the third highest ever total number,” Norwegian Nobel Committee Secretary Olav Njoelstad told Reuters. The record was 376 candidates, reached in 2016.

Of this year’s total, some 234 are for individuals and 95 are for organisations.

“It reflects a lot of international interest in the Nobel Peace Prize,” he said. “It probably also reflects that there are a number of unsolved conflicts, wars and human rights problems around the world

The Norwegian Nobel Committee does not comment on who is nominated, but nominators, who range from members of parliaments worldwide to former winners, can choose to reveal their picks.

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