Nobel Peace Prize to Esperanto Organization?

The Universal Esperanto Association (UEA) has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by eight British parlamentarians (four labour, two tories, two liberal democrats) - see !

I don't know their motivation. I don't know if they have studied Alfred Nobel's will very deeply. (Actually, I don't know if the Norwegian Nobel Committee has done that either.)

And I don't know if they have studied the role of the UEA in relation to the Esperanto movement as a whole. Unlike the Swedish Nobel prizes, the peace prize may be given not only to physical persons, but also to organizations - but only for concrete actions done by that organization itself, not by people whom it claims to represent.

Esperanto is a language owned by everybody and nobody. There are several Esperanto organizations, but none of them owns the language, or has any mandate to represent all Esperantists. Much good work for peace has been done by Esperantists, but not always within the framework of a specific organization.

But, on the other hand:

If people like Kissinger and Obama could get that prize, anyone can.

UEA hasn't bombed Vietnam or Afghanistan. That, at least, is something.

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Betty Chatterjee 6 years ago

Certainly Esperanto belongs to all Esperantists, irrespective of whichever organisation they belong or do not belong to. However at present the most prominent Esperanto Organisation seems to be UEA.If (a most unlikely scenario, I know) the committee decided to award it to UEA, it would surely be an enormously encouraging event for all Esperanto speakers.

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neil_nachum 6 years ago

Esperanto is a great tool for peace. UEA is worth the Peace Prize.

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