- Former president FW de Klerk's Nobel Peace Prize has been the subject of numerous debates recently
- The Economic Freedom Fighters have lead calls for the politician to be stripped of the award
- Briefly.co.za explores the reason why this remains highly unlikely
The Economic Freedom Fighters have led the calls to have FW de Klerk's Nobel Peace Prize revoked.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Red Berets released a statement for the award to be stripped after the former president stood by his comment that apartheid was not a crime against humanity.
Former EFF national chairperson Dali Mpofu has joined the movement, calling on citizens to take part in his own campaign to this effect.
However, having someone's Nobel Peace Prize revoked is not so simple. The Nobel Foundation's own rules don't allow for it.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee selects the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. Nominations are only submitted by qualifying individuals and the names of nominees are not released.
A clause in the Nobel Foundation's rules reveals that a prize cannot be revoked once awarded. In addition to this, the information that led to the prize being awarded cannot be released except under special circumstances:
"No appeals may be made against the decision of a prize-awarding body with regard to the award of a prize. Proposals received for the award of a prize, and investigations and opinions concerning the award of a prize, may not be divulged. Should divergent opinions have been expressed in connection with the decision of a prize-awarding body concerning the award of a prize, this may not be included in the record or otherwise divulged. A prize-awarding body may, however, after due consideration in each individual case, permit access to material which formed the basis for the evaluation and decision concerning a prize, for purposes of research in intellectual history. Such permission may not, however, be granted until at least 50 years have elapsed after the date on which the decision in question was made." - The Nobel Foundation
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