February 2, 2018
Natasa Kandic, who founded a nonprofit to document human rights violations amid the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, has been nominated for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize by two U.S. lawmakers.
Senator Roger Wicker, a Mississippi Republican who is chairman of the Helsinki Commission, an independent government agency that promotes human rights, military security, and economic cooperation, and Representative Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat who is the ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, nominated Kandic, of the Belgrade-based Humanitarian Law Center.
Kandic, who founded the nonprofit in 1992, has won numerous international accolades for her humanitarian work.
“As members of the U.S. Congress, we helped shape the international response to the conflicts, which erupted in the Western Balkans, and we continue to support and encourage post-conflict recovery in the countries of the region,” read the nomination letter, jointly drafted by the legislators and submitted to the Norway-based awards organization Wednesday.
“This recognition would further the cause of peace and reconciliation in this and other troubled regions of our world,” they said.
Trained as a lawyer, Kandic has been widely credited with furnishing to U.N. war crimes tribunal officials in The Hague critical evidence on Serbia’s role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim men and boys.