Bryan Stevenson and EJI receive Scandinavian Human Dignity Award 2020
We are very pleased to be able to present the Scandinavian Human Dignity Award 2020 human rights award to Bryan Stevenson and the organization Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)
for theirenormous efforts to promote justice, human rights and human dignity. Bryan Stevenson is a true pioneer and his commitment to instill hope in the seemingly “hopeless” cases and to promote human dignity and human rights for vulnerable people sentenced to death is highly commendable. Bryan Stevenson and EJI have made a huge effort in their fight for the unjustly convicted and in their work they give a voice to those who can not raise their own voice. Bryan’s value – based work and his fight against systemic injustice and his bold stance for justice, truth and mercy are a great inspiration for us in our fight for human rights and justice in Scandinavia and Europe.
I am extremely honored to receive the Scandinavian Human Dignity Award, I have had the privilege of spending time with the previous winner of the award, Dr Denis Mukwege, and I know his remarkable work in Africa and being in the company of people who have done such extraordinary things. is deeply meaningful and very humbling. I am part of a tradition of people who carry the conviction that our faith must be made real in what we do and expressed in people’s lives whose humanity and human value are not recognized. I receive the award not only as a confirmation of what I do, but as a confirmation of the people I serve. I receive the award for the damned who are awaiting execution around the world, for those who are told that their lives have no meaning or purpose or value so they are imprisoned forever, for the children who had their childhood removed because they were considered adults even though they are 13 or 14, for the women who have been told that their fight against violence and abuse is irrelevant when they fall down, respond or react, and for the poor who often feel that they are less valuable and less important. It is in these societies and in this context that my life and my work are important and it is this kind of recognition that makes that work even more remarkable, so I am grateful to the organization and network of lawyers, lawyers and activists around Scandinavia and Europe, which thought it valuable to acknowledge our work in America with the EJI, I am very honored.