SCANDINAVIAN HUMAN DIGNITY AWARDS
Scandinavian Human Dignity Award 2016
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.
– The Scandinavian Human Dignity Award is dedicated to Dr. Mukwege for his work to combat sexual violence and strengthen women’s dignity and human rights. Dr. Mukwege gives a voice to the voiceless victims and to those who can not speak for themselves. He defends the defenseless and gives them the tools to combat the fear of violence and oppression. Dr. Mukwege has said that it is in times of crisis that every community has the greatest duty to protect human rights. His own community efforts to promote human rights and freedoms makes him a worthy winner of this year’s prize, says Ruth Nordstrom, Chief Lawyer, Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers and Chairman of Scandinavian Human Rights Committee.
The Members of the Scandinavian Human Rights Committé is Professor Kjell O Leijon, Professor Emeritus Reinhold Fahlbeck, Legal Counsel Rebecca Ahlstrand, Photographer and Marketer Johan Ruden, Deacon and former Diplomat Marianne Lidskog, The Swedish Angeln in the Red Light District Elise Lindqvist, and Chief Lawyer Ruth Nordstrom.
The Award Ceremony took place at a reception in central Stockholm October 14, 2016.
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