Norwegian Peace Prize for Vanunu
Apr 5 2005
Mordechai Vanunu has been awarded the Norwegian People´s Peace Prize for 2005 for his courageous action to protect the people in Israel, the Mid-East and the world against destruction in a nuclear holocaust. Earlier recipients of this prize have been Alva Myrdal (Sweden), Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams (Northern Ireland), Vytautas Landsbergis (Lituania) and Dom Helder Camara (Brazil).
Three of the People Prize recipients (Myrdal, Corrigan, Williams) have also received the Nobel Peace Prize, and Mordechai Vanunu has again been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2005.
A number of weapons inspectors have been searching for nuclear weapons in the Mid-East. Only Vanunu found such weapons. The Norwegian People´s Peace Prize was given to Vanunu as a reaction to the gross unfairness in subjecting him to excessive punishment, instead of praise and gratitude.
The prize will be formally announced to Vanunu at a ceremony in Jerusalem on April 20, and the money, around 12 000 Euro, will be available to Vanunu as soon as he is free and able to start a new life outside Israel.
For more information: Fredrik S. Heffermehl, +47 2244 8003, Ole Kopreitan, +47 2205 0000
Materials on the restrictions imposed upon Vanunu and the illegality of continuing to punish him after he has served his full 18 years in prison, can be found at http://www.peaceispossible.info/update.html
* Fredrik S. HEFFERMEHL *
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