At the moment when Austrian writer Peter Handke received the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature in Stockholm yesterday, his opponents protested sharply. In a sea of tumultuous reactions challenging the decision of the Nobel Committee, the gesture of a certain Swedish physician, Christina Doctare, stood out.
Two Bosnian war victims' groups, the Association of Victims and Witnesses of Genocide and the Mothers of Srebrenica, held a small protest on Tuesday outside the Swedish embassy in Sarajevo to express anger about a letter from the Nobel Committee defending the award of this year's prestigious literature prize to Austrian author Peter Handke.
The decision was an administrative one but the timing was a boon for Poland's ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) ahead of the vote.
Then, just as the illiberal populists thought they had the upper hand, Poland's liberal democrats got a boost from news that feminist author Olga Tokarczuk had won the Nobel Prize for literature.
The decision to award this year's Nobel Prize for literature to Austrian author Peter Handke, alongside Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk, has sparked angry reactions because of Handke's past support for Slobodan Milosevic's regime.
Kosovo's ambassador to the United States, Vlora Citaku, described the decision as "preposterous and shameful".
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017, the Nobel Committee said.
The committee states that the campaign receives the prize for its work to draw attention to the potential catastrophic consequences for mankind of the use of nuclear weapons and its efforts to achieve a ban on such weapons on the basis of a contract.