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The Norwegian Nobel Committee will announce the winner of this year’s Peace Prize in Oslo later on Friday.

The European Union will win the Prize, Norwegian public broadcaster NRK said. The decision by the five-member panel, led by Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjoern Jagland, was unanimous, NRK said based on several “trusted” sources.

Last year, three women shared the award including Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

A number of rights activists have been muted as favourites to take this prize.

Among them, Russian dissident Lyudmila Alexeyeva, a historian who campaigned for human rights in the old Soviet Union.

Another nominee tipped to win is Belarussian opposition leader, Ales Beliatsky, who is currently serving a four and half year jail term for tax evasion.

The EU has called his conviction politically motivated and urged Belarus’ government to release him.

Also in the running: Gene Sharp, one of the world’s most prominent academics on non-violence.

The American’s writings on how to peacefully despose of autocratic regimes have been credited with influencing protest movenments in China, Iran and Egypt.

Norway has faced a diplomatic fallout from the awarding of The Nobel Peace Prize to human rights campaigners in recent years.

In 2010, China rebuked Norway after dissident Liu Xiaobo won the prize.

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