- Title: Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney possible contender for Nobel Peace Prize
- Date: 26th September 2019
- Summary: NEW YORK, USA (FILE - MARCH 9, 2017) (REUTERS) NADIA MURAD, YAZIDI VICTIM OF ISLAMIC STATE, AND AMAL CLOONEY (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER, AMAL CLOONEY, SAYING: "We do want to see the investigation take place with the cooperation of the Iraqi authorities, that's what should happen, that's what the Iraqi authorities are saying they support, but ultimately if that support is not forthcoming in terms of real action, then the U.N. has to think of other ways in which to achieve accountability and I outlined some of them in my speech. The Security Council can act under Chapter 7 of the U.N. charter and establish an investigation even without Iraq's consent. The General Assembly, as we've seen with Syria, can also establish an accountability mechanism, or the case can be referred to the International Criminal Court, all these options are on the table, they must be seriously considered, because victims like Nadia can't expect to wait forever."
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- Keywords: ISIS lawyer Yazidi Amal Clooney Reuters George Clooney journalists Nobel Peace Prize international human rights United Nations
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- Story Text: Amal Clooney, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers specialising in international law and human rights, is among the possible contenders for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
Amal is of Lebanese-British descent and married Hollywood actor George Clooney in September 2014. She has been involved in various high-profile human rights cases working with former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed and Yazidi survivor of Islamic State, Nadia Murad.
In March, Clooney joined the legal team representing two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar who were accused of possessing secret government papers in what became a landmark press freedom case.
Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were convicted on September 3 under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act and sentenced to seven years in prison.
According to the Nobel Prize website, there are 331 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 out of which 216 are individuals and 115 are organisations. Three hundred and thirty-one is the second highest number of candidates ever. The record of 376 candidates was set in 2016.
The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced in Oslo on Friday, October 11 at 1100 a.m. (0900GMT).
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