Prize recipients

2016 – Spyridon Galinos and Giusi Nicolini

The 2016 Olof Palme Prize is awarded to the two mayors Spyridon Galinos , Lesbos, and Giusi Nicolini, Lampedusa and Linosa, for their inspiring leadership in one of the most difficult periods of our time, thereby having saved thousands of lives and given hope and belief in the future. Together with their citizens Spyridon Galinos […]
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Gideon Levy och Mitri Raheb

2015 – Gideon Levy and Mitri Raheb

The 2015 Olof Palme Prize is awarded to the Palestinian pastor Mitri Raheb, and the Israeli journalist Gideon Levy , for their courageous and indefatigable fight against occupation and violence, and for a future Middle East characterized by peaceful coexistence and equality for all. By their work they both give a ray of hope to […]
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2014 – Xu Youyu

The 2014 Olof Palme Prize is awarded to the Chinese philosopher professor Xu Youyu for his strong-principled work for democracy and freedom of speech. Xu Youyu’s call for freedom, social justice, and human rights, is a fight he is carrying on in China but whose meaning is universal.
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2013 – Rosa Taikon

Rosa Taikon is awarded the 2013 Olof Palme Prize for her lifelong struggle for human rights. During times that have been characterized and continues to be plagued by xenophobia, she has uncompromisingly stood up for human equality. Rosa Taikon personifies five decades of struggle for Roma culture and civil rights. Through her work in Sweden and abroad, she has shown that single individuals can influence social development. Through her art, she has enriched our society. With this award, we thank Rosa Taikon for large and important achievements in the spirit of Olof Palme.
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2012 – Radhia Nasraoui and Waleed Sami Abu al-Khair

Radhia Nasraoui, human rights defender and lawyer, is awarded the 2012 Olof Palme Prize, for her untiring work against torture and impunity for more than three decades. As a concerned and patriotic citizen, she has under severe pressure defended human rights in her country and challenged authorities under the motto "We must use our voices. Not saying anything makes us accomplices of the oppression". Waleed Sami Abu al-Khair receives the 2012 Olof Palme Prize for his strong, self-sacrificing and sustained struggle to promote respect for human and civil rights for both men and women in Saudi Arabia. Together with like-minded citizens and colleagues, Waleed Sam Abu AlKhair does so with the noble goal of contributing to a just and modern society in his country and region.
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2011 – Lydia Cacho and Roberto Saviano

The 2011 Olof Palme Prize is awarded to Lydia Cacho from Mexico, and Roberto Saviano from Italy, for their tireless, selfless and often lonely struggle for their ideals, and for the benefit of fellow human beings. They are individuals who with extraordinary courage are acting despite the risk to their lives. They remind us of the necessity to direct our attention toward countries that we would otherwise regard as democracies, countries in which particularly women and children are cruelly exploited, enslaved and destroyed by global criminal networks, which in turn also threaten democracy itself as a system.
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2010 – Eyad El Sarraj

The 2010 Olof Palme Prize is awarded to the Palestinian psychiatrist Eyad El-Sarraj, peace and human rights activist in Gaza, for his self-sacrificing and indefatigable struggle for common sense, reconciliation, and peace in a region characterized by violence, occupation, repression and human misery. In his professional and political work, Eyad El-Sarraj has stood on the side of the individual human being, regardless of nationality, gender or social position. He has brought into the light the destructive influence of repression on mental health. He has shown the connections arising between confinement, hopelessness, desperation and violence, and how this is neglected by both Palestinian and Israeli authorities.
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2009 – Carsten Jensen

The Olof Palme Prize 2009 is awarded to the Danish writer and debater Carsten Jensen. In a time when solidarity and compassion are under pressure, the need for brave, engaged and determined defenders of human rights is greater than ever. As a successful writer, Carsten Jensen has also been an uncompromising and knowledgeable defender of every individual's equal worth. In words and in actions, he has stood up for the weak and the vulnerable in his own society and around the world.
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2008 – Dr. Denis Mukwege

The Olof Palme Prize 2008 is awarded to Dr. Denis Mukwege for his work for peace and human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), one of the world's most conflict ridden countries. In a region where man's most brutal sides are shown in the violence against women and its proportions have reached unimaginable levels, Dr. Denis Mukwege has made it his life work to unceasingly fight in the opposite direction. The Panzi Hospital, founded and headed by Dr. Mukwege, serves peace, understanding and solidarity in a way worthy of imitation through the work with the women who are the most exposed victims of this conflict.
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2007 – Parvin Ardalan

The Olof Palme Prize for 2007 goes to Parvin Ardalan, who has succeeded in making the demand for equal rights for men and women a central part of the struggle for democracy in Iran. As a result, the women’s movement for civil rights and liberties has, to a great extent, spread geographically as well as socially. Despite persecution, threats and harassment, Parvin Ardaln has been persistent in her struggle and never compromised her ideals.
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