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article imageAssange and WikiLeaks win 2013 People’s Choice Award

By Anne Sewell     Apr 10, 2013 in World
San Francisco - The votes are in, with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks winning the People's Choice Award for 2013. Noam Chomsky won the 2013 Human Rights Award and the 2013 Grassroots Award Honoree is Crystal Lameman, member of the Beaver Lake Cree First Nation.
Global Exchange organize and run the voting for these prestigious Human Rights awards and this year they are celebrating their 25th anniversary. The Human Rights Awards honor the achievements of groups and individuals whose work embodies the principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights: peace, justice, and equality.
On their website we can read:
Global Exchange’s Human Rights Awards are grounded in our commitment to ensuring that the rights outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are respected and upheld by our world’s governments and private institutions. Since our founding in 1988, we have partnered with individuals and organizations throughout the world to educate people about threats to political, economic, social and environmental justice and to activate individuals and communities to confront these problems effectively. With these annual awards, Global Exchange recognizes the contributions of individuals and organizations defending human rights in their own countries and around the world.
Global Exchange’s People’s Choice Award recipient is chosen through an interactive online contest and members cast over 5,000 votes this year.
Global Exchange has announced the 2013 People’s Choice Award to Julian Assange and Wikileaks:
WikiLeaks is a valuable tool for human rights activists the world over. WikiLeaks helps whistle blowers bring forth information that is vital to public debate. They have helped push stories hidden by secretive governments or ignored by corporate oriented media to the fore.
Examples include exposure of insider trading at JP Morgan and the censorship of UK media outlets including BBC and the Independent. WikiLeaks also revealed the inner dysfunction of Copenhagen climate negotiations and gave content to discontent that sparked the early Arab Spring protests. The shocking ‘Collateral Murder’ video depicted alleged war crimes by U.S. airmen, who appear to knowingly shoot innocent Iraqis from the air.
Noam Chomsky  2004
Noam Chomsky, 2004
Flickr/Aryan Blaauw
2013 Human Rights Awards Honoree is Noam Chomsky:
...who is perhaps best known as a US political theorist, writer and activist, internationally recognized as one of the most critically engaged public intellectuals alive today. His insightful and sharp analysis of corporate capitalism reveals the underpinnings of class warfare. His searing critique of U.S. military interventions, support for undemocratic regimes, its foreign policy and ambitions for geopolitical dominance has educated, challenged, and inspired millions for over 50 years, making him both a controversial and beloved figure for social change.
Crystal Lameman is a member of the Beaver Lake Cree First Nation, and she has been awarded the 2013 Grassroots Award:
With infectious dedication and passion, Crystal is committed to raising the platform on the rights of Indigenous people and stopping the expansion of the tar sands. Crystal feels it is her obligation as a mother to protect her land and culture for her children and future generations to come. She now spends most of her days speaking out about the exploitation of the tar sands, of her people, and of their land and seeking accountability for violations and infringements of their treaty rights.
Last year's honorees were Annie Leonard - International Honoree 2012 and PFC Bradley Manning - People’s Choice Honoree 2012.
On May 9th, Global Exchange will be celebrating both their 25th Anniversary and also the Eleventh Annual Global Exchange Human Rights Awards at a ceremony in the Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco and tickets are available for purchase online.
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