Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Darfur human rights activist Mossaad Mohamed Ali were today named winners of the Olof Palme Prize for 2006 for their work to protect human rights, peace and security.
The two winners will receive and share the €58,000 prize at an awards ceremony in Stockholm in May.
Palme was a former Prime Minister of Sweden who was assassinated on February 28, 1986.
The Palme memorial fund board, which selects the winners, cited Annan’s courage and involvement during his UN leadership, saying he had “given proof of the utmost integrity” while also defending UN principles and international law when those were challenged.
“His fight for human rights, and his way of stressing that development is a necessary part of the work for security, has left indelible traces in the world organisation.”
The board said Mohamed Ali’s work to co-ordinate The Amel Centre for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture in South Darfur had affected hundreds of thousands of war victims.