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The Scandinavian Human Dignity Award is presented annually by the Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers & Committe, to a person or an organization which has made a special contribution to human rights, all of which derive from the inherent dignity of the human person and are essential for his free and full development. 

The 2016 Award winner is Dr. Denis Mukwege, Medical Director at the Panzi Hospital in Eastern Congo, where thousands of women and children that are victims of sexual violence and human trafficking, have been treated. Dr. Mukwege is world famous for his treatment to victims of rape in the conflict-ridden Congo and he has challenged both the UN and the international community and has become a spokesperson for the victims of the war in Congo. 

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Dr. Denis Mukwege winner of the Scandinavian Human Dignity Award 2016

The Scandinavian Human Dignity Award is presented annually by the Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers & Committe, to a person or an organization which has made a special contribution to human rights, all of which derive from the inherent dignity of the human person and are essential for his free and full development. 

The 2016 Award winner is Dr. Denis Mukwege, Medical Director at the Panzi Hospital in Eastern Congo, where thousands of women and children that are victims of sexual violence and human trafficking, have been treated. Dr. Mukwege is world famous for his treatment to victims of rape in the conflict-ridden Congo and he has challenged both the UN and the international community and has become a spokesperson for the victims of the war in Congo. 

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Linda Steen

On 22-26 September 2016, the trial concerning Linda Steen and Sörmlands Landsting will be held at the District Court of Nyköping. Linda Steen has filed a lawsuit against Sörmland County for violation of her freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and freedom of thought and opinion under the European Convention on Human Rights, and she has claimed damages for those violations. The European Convention, which is Swedish law since 1995, gives everyone, according to article 9, the right to freedom of conscience. This article may only be restricted if it is supported by law and if it is necessary in a democratic society.

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PROSTITUTION: Success of “Nordic Model” promoted to Australian politicians

Australian states are being urged to take a “serious look” at the approach of Sweden in addressing prostitution and to consider it as part of a raft of measures being taken across the nation to end violence against women.

Under the so-called ‘Nordic Model’ – which was introduced via legislation in Sweden in 1999 and has since been adopted in a range of other countries including Norway, Iceland, France and Canada, the buyers of sexual services are targeted instead of the prostitutes.

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Criminalising sex buyers, reducing demand, trafficking and violence: Swedish human rights experts in Australia advocating for The Nordic Model

Why Australia should adopt the Nordic Model By Melinda Tankard Reist International lawyers, Ruth Nordstrom and Rebecca Ahlstrand, are globally recognized legal experts on the Nordic model of prostitution regulation, first established in Sweden. They have been in...

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