The International Legal Assistance Consortium, the Swedish Bar Association and the International Bar Association announced today that the 2014 Stockholm Human Rights Award will be presented to the Israeli human rights organization B´Tselem.
The Stockholm Human Rights Award was established in 2009, and is awarded annually to an individual or an institution for outstanding contributions to the rule of law and the promotion and protection of human rights.
In a statement released this morning the groups said:
The work of human rights defenders to uphold international human rights law across the world is essential, and no more so than when working in an environment where the host government may be hostile to criticism. Promoting human rights standards from inside one’s country requires an unwavering willingness to endure criticism from within, regardless of potential repercussions. Maintaining integrity and dignity is at the core of human rights defense. B’Tselem has shone international light on human rights violations in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, providing a voice to victims and calling for accountability. It is commendable that B’Tselem has so tirelessly fought to uphold human rights in an environment where its criticism has not always been welcome.
It is for this reason that B’Tselem has been awarded the 2014 Stockholm Human Rights Award. B’Tselem is one of those unique organizations that work tirelessly to promote human rights standards while fighting against a majority voice.
B'Tselem Executive Director Hagai El-Ad said following the announcement: "B'Tselem is proud and delighted to receive this important acknowledgement of its work, and will continue to do its utmost to justify it". The award will be presented in Stockholm later this year.