The rector of the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies of Japan, Matsuda Takeshi, presented his nomination to the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for Cuba's Henry Reeve medical contingent, diplomatic sources reported on Thursday.
According to the Cuban Embassy in Japan, the academic made the proposal through the online platform of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and explained the work carried out by the contingent in 2014 during the Ebola epidemic that affected the countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
'Their mission, as well as others they have carried out after floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and pandemics (such as cholera in Haiti), earned them the Lee Jong-wook Award granted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2017,' Matsuda remarked.
Apart from Matsuda, Japanese intellectuals Masahiro Kudo and Yasuhiro Tokoro joined in recent weeks hundreds of personalities around the world calling for international recognition for the Henry Reeve brigades.
As stipulated, nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize can only be made by parliamentarians, academics, magistrates of international courts, Nobel award winners and active or retired members of the committee, and have a deadline of February 1st of each year.