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International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons wins Nobel Peace Prize 2017
The Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2017 has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (i can).

The announcement that was made yesterday while on one hand recognises the efforts of the campaign, on the other resurrects credibility for being awarded to the likes of Barack Obama.

The committee that awards the prize announced that the it recognises the efforts of the campaign for "its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons."

The group has been very vocal against the use of nuclear weapons and has led very stringent campaigns even against countries possessing them. By receiving the most honourable award, the committee has sent a strong message to all the countries of the world that already possess or are in the process of acquiring nuclear weapons.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, in a statement said, "It is a tribute also to the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – the hibakusha – and victims of nuclear test explosions around the world, whose searing testimonies and unstinting advocacy were instrumental in securing this landmark agreement."

Criticising the claim of nuclear weapons being essential for security, the group wrote, "The belief of some governments that nuclear weapons are a legitimate and essential source of security is not only misguided, but also dangerous, for it incites proliferation and undermines disarmament. All nations should reject these weapons completely – before they are ever used again."

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