We are proud to nominate Bradley Manning for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

PFC Bradley Manning

PRESS RELEASE

Bradley Manning Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Oklahoma Peace Organization

Accused whistleblower deserves the prize for casting light on war crimes committed in Iraq, nomination states

The Oklahoma Center for Conscience and Peace Research (OCCPR) announced on Tuesday that it has nominated US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In its nomination, OCCPR stated that it chose Bradley Manning because of his alleged role in leaking documents and other evidence of war crimes, corruption and lies related to the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the notorious “collateral murder” video (downloadable online at www.collateralmurder.org) which US forces firing on unarmed Iraqi civilians, members of the press and children.

“Bradley Manning should have received full whistle-blower protections for his actions but instead has
served 19 months in prison without a trial, including 10 months spent in solitary confinement,” said
James M. Branum, OCCPR Legal Director.

“We understand that PFC Manning will be placed on a military show-trial, where his guilt will be
determined by a ‘jury’ hand-picked by the very command that is accusing him. We have no doubt
that, absent international pressure, PFC Manning will be found guilty and sentenced to life in prison or
possibly even given the death penalty, without a hint of justice applied in his case. We have made this
nomination in the hopes that it might lead to renewed attention and concern given to his plight.”

OCCPR has exhibited its support for Manning since news of his arrest was first announced, holding
a number of rallies and advocacy events on his behalf. “Because Bradley is an Oklahoma native, we
feel a special responsibility to show that there are Oklahomans who support him, seek his freedom
and will continue to work for his cause,” said Rena Guay OCCPR Executive Director. “We have
spoken to media from around the world about our interest in the Manning case, because the whole
world is watching what the United States will do to someone who they believe has exposed secrets
about war crimes, diplomatic doublespeak and policy hypocrisy.”

OCCPR was founded in 2004 and works to increase understanding of conscientious objection
and resistance to war. Its founders include religious and veteran groups; its fiscal sponsor is Joy
Mennonite Church of Oklahoma City.

For more information:

James M. Branum
405-494-0562
legal@centerforconscience.org

FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailPrintFriendlyShare

8 thoughts on “We are proud to nominate Bradley Manning for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

  1. Pingback: Bradley Manning Support Network » Update 2/10/12: Support Bradley’s Peace Prize nomination, protest recent pattern of whistle-blowers prosecuted

  2. Bradley Manning is a truly worthy nominee who has earned his nomination at great personal cost. There have been some puzzling, to say the least, recipients of this award, 2009, and 1973 spring to mind. If this prize is to regain any sense of integrity in the minds of the citizens of the world, Bradley Manning, who has exposed some truly horrific injustices, deserves not just to be nominated but to win the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.

  3. It seems to me that anyone who uncovers, and then makes public, information which helps save lives, should be rewarded. Not punished. In fact the very act of punishing him by the people who have been shown to have caused the death of innocent civilians compounds their guilt and proves even more how corrupt and morally bankrupt they have become.
    Instead of punishment he should be rewarded. His actions show immense courage commensurate with the finest traditions of his country.

  4. I have the greatest respect for Bradley Manning, with his publishings he makes probably the world a bit more peaceful.
    He is great and he needs all our support. Free Bradley !!!

  5. A total waste of time and a bogus statement. There is nothing about this organization that meets the Nobel Peace Prize committees requirements for making a nomination. Those requirements are:
    According to the statutes of the Nobel Foundation, a nomination is considered valid if it is submitted by a person who falls within one of the following categories:

    Members of national assemblies and governments of states
    Members of international courts
    University rectors; professors of social sciences, history, philosophy, law and theology; directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes
    Persons who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
    Board members of organizations that have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
    Active and former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee; (proposals by members of the Committee to be submitted no later than at the first meeting of the Committee after February 1)
    Former advisers to the Norwegian Nobel Committee

    Nominations for the Peace Prize closed on 1 February. You are late.

    All you are doing is making a political statement. Nothing more. Nothing less. Basically it is a bogus political statement.

  6. Thanks for your comments, Doc. However, by your own list of those qualified to nominate, The Oklahoma Center for Conscience and Peace Research, meets the standard. As for the political statement, broadly speaking, aren’t all the nominees for the Peace Prize “political statements”? In most cases historically, the nominees, and certainly the winners, are in some way in dissent to their government. It should also be noted that OCCPR was not the only group to nominate Manning, members of the Icelandic Parliament did as well. http://joyb.blogspot.com/2012/02/bradley-manning-nobel-peace-prize.html

  7. Pingback: Bradley Manning, nominado para el Premio Nobel de la Paz « Disenso

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>