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Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

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Tawakul Karman

Tawakkul Karman, a Yemeni pro-democracy activist, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The 32-year-old Karman has been an activist for human rights in Yemen for years, but when she was arrested in January, it helped detonate protests by hundreds of thousands demanding the ouster of Saleh and the creation of a democratic government.

Karman received a congratulation message from Hillary Clinton saying, I am delighted to send heartfelt congratulations to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman and Liberian peace activist Leymah Roberta Gbowee for the prestigious honor of sharing this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. They are shining examples of the difference that women can make and the progress they can help achieve when given the opportunity to make decisions about the future of their societies and countries.

The unflinching courage, strength and leadership of these women to build peace, advance reconciliation, and defend the rights of fellow citizens in their own countries provide inspiration for women’s rights and human progress everywhere. This recognition of their extraordinary accomplishments reflects the efforts of many other women who are promoting peace and security in their countries and communities. I want to commend the Nobel Committee for recognizing the powerful role women are playing in building peace and ending conflict around the world.

When the Nobel announcement was made Friday, Karman was where she has been nearly every day for the past eight months: in a protest tent in Change Square, where she used to life here new live.

“This prize is not for Tawakkul, it is for the whole Yemeni people, for the martyrs, for the cause of standing up to (Saleh) and his gangs. Every tyrant and dictator is upset by this prize because it confronts injustice,” she told The Associated Press from her tent as she received congratulations from other activists.

Karman — who shares the prize with Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson and Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee — is the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. With the award, the Nobel committee gave a nod to the Arab Spring, the wave of uprisings that have swept the Middle East, forcing out the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

In an official Statement by Abdo al-Jandi, Deputy Information Minister, said that Karman had the golden chance to win Noble Peace Prize within the great open space for democracy in Yemen. He called her to benefit from the prize and call for peaceful transition and save the Yemenis blood.

The Yemeni journalist syndicate send a message of congratulation to Karaman for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize as the first Arab woman and a smaller gainthis prestigious award. The Syndicate assigned the accession of the award that the civil society,EU and U.S. has proved their support to the peaceful revolution of Yemen, adding that the international community should take the same position.

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  • I would like to congratulate Tawakkul Karman on her Nobel Peace Prize. Hearing her story of courage is inspiring. May she be a beacon of strength and understanding for all others fighting for freedom, justice, and equality.