OPCW given this year's Nobel Peace Prize

This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been given to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Source: Itar-Tass, BBC

Head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland made the announcement on Friday, Itar-Tass reported.

The OPCW is currently overseeing destruction of Syria's chemical weapons.

The Nobel Committee said it recognized the organization's "extensive work to eliminate chemical weapons".

The Hague-based OPCW was established to enforce the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention.

The BBC reported that among the 259 candidates for the award this year were Russian President Vladimir Putin, Denis Mukwege, a Kongolese gynecologist, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, ex-NSA employee Edward Snowden, U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange


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