Prize recipients

2002 – Hanan Ashrawi

For her consistent and fearless fight over the years for her people’s independence and dignity. Her work for human rights and co-existence with the state of Israel has won respect in all camps. She is a leading force in the struggle for increased openness and democratic structures within her own Palestinian ranks. Hanan Ahrawi is an inspiring symbol of a new, democratic, peaceful Middle East.
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2001 – Fazle Hasan Abed

The Olof Palme Prize 2001 is awarded to Fazle Hasan Abed for his pioneering work in combating poverty and empowering the poor, especially women. This has been done by initiating and developing BRAC, (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee), into one of the worlds largest NGOs.
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2000 – Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson who has for many years worked intensively, in his daily actions, for the abolition of the death penalty. Bryan Stevenson is a courageous representative of all the individuals, women and men from the entire world, who have maintained tirelessly that the right to life cannot be controverted, that the death penalty is an ultimate form of torture, and that the state does not have the right to kill its citizens.
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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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