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Nobel Peace Prize winners call for global action against mass rape

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The two joint winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize called for global action on wartime sexual violence in stirring speeches in Oslo, Norway.

Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege accepted the prize in a ceremony on Monday for their work to end wartime mass rape.

“The fact remains that the only prize in the world that can restore our dignity is justice and the prosecution of criminals,” said Murad, according to The New York Times.

{mosads}Murad, a 25-year-old Yazidi activist from Iraq, was sold into sexual slavery by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In her comments, she condemned the international community for their response to anti-Yazidi violence by ISIS, saying they “stood idly by watching the annihilation of a complete community.”

She has since become an activist working to help victims of sexual violence and was the United Nation’s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.

Mukwege, a 63-year-old gynecological surgeon who has treated thousands in the Democratic Republic of Congo, called on nations to draw a “red line” against wartime mass rape by imposing sanctions on leaders who tolerated it.

He condemned sexual violence being used against millions of villagers in eastern Congo on the part of government and foreign armies and militias.

“This human tragedy will continue if those responsible are not prosecuted,” he said.

Mukwege called on the international community to take action.

“I call upon you not only to award this Nobel Peace Prize to my country’s people, but to stand up and together say loudly: ‘The violence in the D.R.C., it’s enough! Enough is enough! Peace, now!’ ” he said.

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