Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel has nominated the imprisoned Palestinian leader, and universal symbol Marwan Barghouthi, for the Nobel Peace Prize. In his letter of nomination, Adolfo Perez Esquivel highlighted the plight of Palestinian prisoners and the ongoing struggle of the Palestinian people to achieve freedom, and the leading role Marwan Barghouthi has played in this struggle, as a force for freedom, reconciliation and peace. A well-known artist, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel gave up teaching and devoted his time to building nonviolent movements for change in Latin America during dictatorship. He was named secretary-general of Servicio Paz y Justicia (Peace and Justice Service or SERPAJ) a group that coordinates nonviolent movements in the region. Because of his work for human rights across Latin America, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel became a target of the military dictatorship. In 1977, he himself was “disappeared” and was imprisoned and tortured by the Argentinean military for 14 months. He was released after being named Amnesty International’s Political Prisoner of the Year in 1978. Adolfo Pérez Esquivel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1980 for his leadership for human rights and true democracy for the people of Latin America. Upon his release, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel continued his work leading SERPAJ.