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The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.
Norwegian MP Petter Eide nominated the movement, citing its global impact on the fight to end racial injustice.
According to The Guardian, his nomination papers read: "I find that one of the key challenges we have seen in America, but also in Europe and Asia, is the kind of increasing conflict based on inequality.
"Black Lives Matter has become a very important worldwide movement to fight racial injustice.
"They have had a tremendous achievement in raising global awareness and consciousness about racial injustice."
He continued: "They have been able to mobilise people from all groups of society, not just African-Americans, not just oppressed people, it has been a broad movement, in a way which has been different from their predecessors."
Eide also defended BLM in light of claims it had been responsible for violence in the US, adding that his nomination was not meant as a political statement.
He said: "Studies have shown that most of the demonstrations organised by Black Lives Matter have been peaceful.
"Of course there have been incidents, but most of them have been caused by the activities of either the police or counter-protestors."
We hold the largest social movement in global history. Today, we have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. People are waking up to our global call: for racial justice and an end to economic injustice, environmental racism, and white supremacy. We're only getting started :fist: pic.twitter.com/xjestPNFzC- Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) January 30, 2021
BLM was founded in 2013 by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi, following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin.
The movement grew massively last year following the killing of George Floyd.
BLM has also just won Sweden's Olof Palme human rights prize for 2020.
We are so grateful to receive this award on behalf of a movement that has reached millions. Thank you to the Olof Palme Memorial Fund for honoring our work towards ending police brutality, white supremacy, and racial violence at a global scale.- Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) January 30, 2021
Black Lives Matter. Everywhere. pic.twitter.com/pXelfUoDsO
Eide's Nobel Peace Prize nomination concludes: "Awarding the peace prize to Black Lives Matter, as the strongest global force against racial injustice, will send a powerful message that peace is founded on equality, solidarity and human rights, and that all countries must respect those basic principles."
The winner of the prize will be announced in October, with the award ceremony scheduled for December.
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