The human rights activist Brahim Dahane, human rights defenders in Western Sahara, is this year's winner of the Swedish Government's Per Anger award.
Published 03 November 2009
Dahane was been nominated by the ICJ-S, the Swedish section of the International Commission of Jurists. The Swedish Minister of Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth will present the award and the prize money of 150.000 SEK (15.000 euro) and a symbol in silver, which weighs as much as a human heart, at a ceremony in Stockholm on 16 November. Brahim Dahane is currently in Moroccan prison.
"For having fought in the conflict over Western Sahara between Morocco and Polisario with endurance, peaceful means and personal courage and with risk for his own life in the fight for human rights."
The Per Anger award is an international award. It was instituted in 2004 by the Swedish Government for promoting humanistic and democracy efforts.
The award is administrated by The Living History Forum which is a Swedish public authority established by the Swedish parliament with the aim of increasing understanding of contemporary events in the light of the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity.
The Living History Forum has been commissioned by the Swedish government to award the prize in the spirit of ambassador Per Anger. The prize was first awarded in 2004. In 2008 the price was given to Bishop Bakare of Zimbabwe.