feature: ugandan lawyer victor ochen nominated for 2015 nobel peace prize

February 26, 2015

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) have nominated Ugandan lawyer and activist Victor Ochen (pictured above with Desmond Tutu) and his African Youth Initiative Network for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, making him the youngest African at 33 to be nominated for the award. The AFSC say, “Victor Ochen has consistently shown both commitment and effectiveness in his efforts to address the needs of victims. He has worked for transitional justice, while simultaneously promoting human rights through nonviolent means, nourishing the leadership skills of other young people, and challenging systemic issues that lead to the continued vulnerability and suffering of war victims.” In response to the nomination, the following statement was released by the nominee’s not-for-profit organisation: “The nomination is a sign of deep respect for victims and survivors of unspeakable atrocities who, instead of being crushed by war, struggled and regained their dignity that allows them to leave in peace with their fellow humans. Further, it is a recognition for those victims who have devoted their lives to heal others.” Check out the interview below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor