The government’s human rights prize to Abdullah

By on October 20, 2016

Today gives the Living History Forum, on behalf of the government, the Per Anger Prize to the Syrian-Palestinian human rights activist Abdullah al-Khateeb for his courageous struggle for human rights in Syria. The ceremony is held at Södra Latin, 13.30. Presented the award is cultural and democratic minister Alice Bah Kuhnke.

2016 Per Anger prize awarded to 27-year-old Syrian-Palestinian human rights activist Abdullah al-Khateeb for his courageous struggle for human rights in Syria. In the midst of an ongoing war and in purgatory between the warring parties, he documents the abuses, mediating between different groups, and for the most vulnerable proceedings. With lives at stake, he acts in the Per Anger spirit.

The prize winner is living, because of his work, under great threat and in July this year he was subjected to an assassination attempt, but survived. He now lives hidden in Syria and on location in Stockholm attending his colleague and childhood friend Salim Salamah, president of the Laureate organization Palestinian League for Human Rights-Syria. Salim lives today in exile in Malmö and is one of the top young human rights activists in Syria outside the country. In August became Salim busy as an expert of the UN Advisory Group of Experts for the PROGRESS Study on Youth, Peace and Security.

In the nomination process of selecting this year’s winners has nine internationally recognized NGO with wide network participated: Amnesty International, Africa Groups of Sweden, Diakonia, Civil Rights Defenders, Swedish United Nations Association, Swedish Department of International Commission of Jurists, Reporters Without Borders, the Swedish Church and the Swedish Pen.

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