American Friends Service Committee, a U.S. Quaker group, on Monday nominated South Africa's AIDS treatment advocacy group Treatment Action Campaign and its spokesman, Zackie Achmat, for the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, the South African news service SAPA reports. The group said TAC has made a "significant contribution to the global struggle against AIDS. Through mass mobilization, civil disobedience, legal action, extraordinary personal sacrifice, and visionary leadership, Zackie Achmat and TAC have helped to galvanize a global movement to provide hope and gain access to treatment for those with HIV and AIDS."
In a press release, TAC said both the organization and Achmat were "deeply honored" by the nomination. AFSC, along with its U.K. equivalent, won the prize in 1947 on behalf of all Quakers, which qualifies it to make nominations. Nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize will end on February 1, and an announcement of the 2004 winner will be made before November 15.