• Sweden edition
 
Swedish rights prize to Afghan burka opponent

Swedish rights prize to Afghan burka opponent

Published: 27 Sep 2012 11:29 GMT+02:00
Updated: 27 Sep 2012 11:29 GMT+02:00

Afghan human rights activist, ex-minister and burka opponent Sima Samar on Thursday won the Swedish Right Livelihood Award honouring those who work to improve the lives of others.

Samar, 55, was honoured "for her longstanding and courageous dedication to human rights, especially the rights of women, in one of the most complex and dangerous regions in the world," the jury said in a statement.

A medical doctor by training, Samar fled to Pakistan in 1984 when her husband disappeared following his arrest by Afghanistan's communist regime.

She returned in 2001 to become her country's first minister of women's affairs, but had to resign after just six months after she criticized sharia law in an interview in Canada.

She was in 2002 named the head of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, which she still leads, and was from 2005 to 2009 the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Sudan.

Samar shares the 2012 Right Livelihood Award with American political theorist Gene Sharp, 84, whom the jury described as "the world's foremost expert on non-violent revolution", and a non-governmental organization campaigning for an end to British arms exports, Campaign Against Arms Trade.

An honorary prize was awarded to 90-year-old Hayrettin Karaca, "considered the grandfather of the Turkish environmental movement," the jury said.

Swedish-German philatelist Jakob von Uexküll founded the donor-funded prize in 1980 after the Nobel Foundation behind the Nobel Prizes refused to create awards honouring efforts in the fields of the environment and international development.

For this reason, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation often calls its distinction the "alternative Nobel prize."

The three Right Livelihood winners share the prize sum of 150,000 euros ($193,000).

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

12:23 September 27, 2012 by johan rebel
An excellent and inspired choice, the foundation and the winner are to be congratulated!

Samar is a woman of great courage and integrity, it will be interesting to see how the Swedish looney left cultural elite reacts. In many instances with silence, iI suspect, as befits the yellow cowards in their "genusforskning" ivory towers at Södertörns Högskola and elsewhere.
12:58 September 27, 2012 by prince T
@johan. Harsh choice of words. I will say good for her and none of my businesss.
13:11 September 27, 2012 by Peter Helenius
Strange, knowing the omnipresence of the Multiculti-Gutmensch-Scum in Sweden, you would expect that this woman would get arrested on hatespeech.

At least lets applaud for Sima which is a very brave woman.
13:32 September 27, 2012 by smilingjack
is she also an opponent to the forcing of christian nuns to wear habits? or an opponent of forcing ALL jewish women and men to have their heads covered. Sounds like another muslim bashing article to me. Jewish women are often forced to shave their heads and wear wigs to comply with their religion. Anything to say on that Samar?
18:08 September 27, 2012 by prince T
@smilingjack. she is an afghan woman fightiing for women rights in her country. her job is to fight for afghan women right not jewish nor nuns. there are many rights to fight for you can pick one of the latters ones. you get award in five years too. go for it @smilingjack
23:27 September 27, 2012 by Uncle
smilingjack

haha genius!

Even when a couple sensible muslims in a pile of 1 billion doubts the wonderful burka tradition, which comes hand in hand with girl marriage, factual imprisonment of women by their husbands, lack of right to study, open a business or sometimes drive a car and all the other perfect stuff that women enjoy in islam, this award to the humanity is still calling it "muslims bashing".

Hey, hey. Masai push a tray into their lips. How come Samar does not care about that he? How about all of them rings on pygmies' necks? Eh Samar? Why not concentrate on them? After all, women in islam are HAPPY! And everyone saying otherwise is an islamophobe!
11:30 September 29, 2012 by Borilla
@ smiling jack and Uncle

Your 8th century mentalities are showing AGAIN. You get upset when one of the ridiculous religious traditions like honor murders, pedophilia (i.e., forced marriage of children) and the religious orders for murder(fatwahs) issued by your "holy men" are questioned. So, you criticize the religious traditions of others. While those traditions may be equally ridiculous, they are not generally as life threatening as yours. Until you own up to your own problems and change your ways, including treating women with the respect they deserve, you have no right to try to change the subject by criticizing others.
20:31 October 4, 2012 by TheWatchman
@Borilla

I think you misunderstood. I don't think Uncle likes any of those things such as fatwas or honour killings, he is insulting them.
Today's headlines
'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'
Fredrik Reinfeldt. File photo: TT

'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday urged young voters to head to the European parliamentary polls on May 25th "to cure the European disease of nationalism". READ () »

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg at the first quarter press conference. Photo: TT

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson on Wednesday announced a drop in sales but posted a sharp rise in first-quarter profit, which nonetheless fell shy of analyst predictions. READ () »

Fatal Norrköping brawl
Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals

Swedish police fear that several people involved in a brawl in eastern Sweden on Monday night may be seeking revenge after two brothers were shot dead. READ () »

Sponsored Article
Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden
The town of Västervik.

Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden

Ask a Swede, and they are likely to say that their favourite holiday spot is in the southeast of Sweden. Eastern Småland and Öland offer a smörgåsbord of all the things dearest to the Swedes - from the beloved children's book author Astrid Lindgren to deep forests, long sandy beaches, perfect spots for that all-important 'fika', and a surprising amount of space, peace and quiet. READ () »

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth
Swedes enjoy hot dogs and cherry blossoms in Stockholm's Kungsträdgården. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth

The sun is set to stick around and temperatures could climb into the twenties over the weekend, Swedish meteorologists said on Wednesday READ () »

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king
Erik the Holy's skull and the crown, believed to be Sweden's oldest. Photo: Bertil Enevåg Ericson/TT

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king

King Erik the Holy died 854 years ago, but scientists have just unveiled his skull at Uppsala Cathedral. READ () »

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

A 21-year-old man confessed on Wednesday to sex crimes against eight children at a day care where he was working as an intern. READ () »

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles
An unrelated bodybuilder. File photo: Ann Törnkvist

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles

Police in Sweden's south who hauled a muscular man in for steroid testing have had their knuckles rapped, after it was ruled that big biceps cannot be grounds for narcotics suspicions. READ () »

Swedish girls report more eating problems
Teen girls. File photo: Chloe Chaplin/Flickr

Swedish girls report more eating problems

A youth wellbeing report from Save the Children found that more teenage girls than in previous surveys reported having an eating disorder. READ () »

'Zlatan will be back for finals': PSG coach
Photo: AP

'Zlatan will be back for finals': PSG coach

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc said on Tuesday that he believed Swedish goal machine Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play again before the end of the season. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Features
Sponsored: South-eastern Sweden offers Öland beaches and more
Gallery
Swedish underwear shop puts staff in front of the camera
Gallery
IN PICTURES: The Local's Property of the Week - Täby
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - India Unlimited
Features
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - A film, food, and finance feast
National
University applications rocket to record high
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 18-20
TT
Society
Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
Shutterstock
National
Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Advertisement:
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
TT
Politics
Swedes to give six-hour workday a go
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

712
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com