The 2014 Right Livelihood Honorary Award goes to
EDWARD SNOWDEN (USA) “for his courage and skill in revealing the unprecedented extent of state surveillance violating basic democratic processes and constitutional rights”.
ALAN RUSBRIDGER (UK) “for building a global media organisation dedicated to responsible journalism in the public interest, undaunted by the challenges of exposing corporate and government malpractices”.
Three Laureates will equally share the cash award of SEK 1.5 million:
The Jury recognises
ASMA JAHANGIR (Pakistan) “for defending, protecting and promoting human rights in Pakistan and more widely, often in very difficult and complex situations and at great personal risk”. It is the first time that a Right Livelihood Award goes to Pakistan.
The Jury awards
BASIL FERNANDO/ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION (Hong Kong SAR/China) “for his tireless and outstanding work to support and document the implementation of human rights in Asia”.
The Jury recognises
BILL McKIBBEN (USA) “for mobilising growing popular support in the USA and around the world for strong action to counter the threat of global climate change”.
The 2014 Right Livelihood Honorary Award goes to EDWARD SNOWDEN (USA) “for his courage and skill in revealing the unprecedented extent of state surveillance violating basic democratic processes and constitutional rights”.
Min kommentar: Helt rätt och alla Snowdens kolleger runt om i världen som utför oetisk övervakning, hur hanterar och motiverar de sina etiska övertramp för sig själva när ljuset släckts på kvällen?
Rule of law is one of the linchpins of our western democratic systems. So how is rule of law faring in Sweden of today? Many would answer not so well. Recent scandals bear testimony to the declining health in the Swedish judiciary. The story of Thomas Quick, nowadays Sture Bergvall is revealing.
This man confessed to no less than 39 murders and was found guilty in lower courts of eight murders. The evidence was non-existing or extremely scant. There was absolutely no technical evidence, no dna-samples tying Quick to the numerous crimes. The guilty verdicts were in reality based on manipulated confessions of Quick. The circumstances of these confessions were however astonishing.
Quick was during the murderinvestigations heavily sedated and was lured to confessions by therapists, psychiatrists and police investigators. How could all this go on for years and years? Looking at the court configurations, at least eight lower court judges and something like 30 jurors have put their signatures under the guilty verdicts!
There is obviously a need for medical examinations of the spines of Swedish jurors and judges? Defence lawyers and prosecutors should perhaps also be called in for some thorough health check-ups.