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On 5 October 2018, the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Dr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their commitment against the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. It was announced today at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo.

This recognition coincides with the 10th Anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1820 (2008), which defines that the use of rape and other forms of sexual violence constitute a war crime and a crime against humanity and undermine the international peace and security.

Dr Mukwege is a Congolese gynecologist treating victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, while Ms Murad is an Iraqi Yazidi human rights activist and former sex slave of Isis. The Nobel Peace prize recognises “their efforts to put an end to the use of sexual violence as a weapon in wars and armed conflicts”.

Graduated in Medicine in Burundi, specialised in France, Dr Mukwege founded in 1998 the Panzi Hospital in Bukawo, in the east of the Country, where together with his staff he treats victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of the abuses have been committed in the context of a long-lasting civil war that has cost the lives of more than six million Congolese. He fights every day in the front line of his hospital and is one of the strongest voices denouncing the mass rape as a crime that has no end.

The Committee of the Nobel Peace Prize said both Dr Mukwege and Ms Murad have “helped to give greater visibility to war-time sexual violence” and that the basic principle of Dr Mukwege is that justice is everyone’s business. “Men and women, officers and soldiers, and local, national and international authorities alike all have a shared responsibility for reporting, and combating, this type of war crime. The importance of Dr Mukwege’s enduring dedicated and selfless efforts in this field cannot be overstated.”