Prize recipients

1998 – Independent media in former Yugoslavia

Independent media in former Yugoslavia represented by Veran Matic, Serbia, Senad Pecanin, Bosnia-Hercegovia and Victor Ivancic, Croatia, Veran Matic, Senad Pecanin and Victor Ivancic - and the media they work for have tirelessly carried on the struggle for free media, despite interference, harassment, and obstructions.
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1997 – Salima Ghezali

For her courage in continuing her objective and concrete reporting of the violence against Algerian people, although there is a constant threat against her life.
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1994 – Wei Jingsheng

The 1994 Olof Palme Prize is awarded Wei Jingsheng, one of the first people in China after the fall of the Gang of Four to demand introduction of democracy and respect of human rights. Wei Jingsheng is an example and an inspiration, not only to the democratic movement in China but to the whole of mankind - an individual who defies an inhuman system and in spite of long prison sentences refuses to submit.
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1993 – Students for Sarajevo

An international youth group who work to break the isolation of Sarajevo. Students for Sarajevo, founden by Eric Anglade from France, demonstrate how young people by their personal engagement can defend the ideas of humansism in the struggling city which has become a symbol of co-existence between people and cultures in Europé.
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1992 – Arzu Abdullayeva and Anahit Bayandour

To honour two women, Arzu Abdullayeva and Anahit Bayandour who, in one of the areas of a most bitter conflict, have worked for international understanding between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Their continuing work for reconciliation, hold out hope for peaceful change in the former Soviet Union.
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1991 – Amnesty International

For its patient and devoted work to stand up for human rights in the world. The persistent work of Amnesty groups in more than 150 countries has saved the lives of a great number of persecuted individuals and helped them regain their freedom. Amnesty combines, in a unique way, the principal struggle for fundamental human rights with active work for the individual.
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1990 – Harlem Désir and SOS Racisme

For his inspiring and unconventional combat against racism and xenophobia, for his ability to awaken young people´s commitment and solidarity, and for his concrete support to the civil rights of vulnerable groups.
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1989 – Vaclav Havel

For his consistent and courageous contributions to truth and democracy. Havel is today a unifying figure in the struggle for human rights, not only in his own country. His convictions have brought repeated prison sentences. But his humanistic view of life is unbroken, and through his literary achievements he is an inspiration to us all.
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