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B'Tselem awarded Danish human rights award jointly with Palestinian organization Al-Haq

Palestinian and Israeli human rights organizations B'Tselem and Al-Haq were jointly awarded the annual human rights award given by the Danish PL Foundation this year. The award has been given since the 1980s to individuals and organizations who struggle non-violently for the values embodied by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The PL Foundation and the annual human rights award were established by Poul Lauritzen, a Danish businessman and member of the Danish resistance during World War II.

The PL Award was given in recent years to human rights activists from Serbia, Hong Kong and Burma, among others. One of the previous recipients of the award is the Tunisian doctor and human rights activist Moncef Marzouki, who is currently becoming the president of Tunisia.

The award ceremony will take place in Copenhagen November 29th. The award will be presented by Danish supreme court justice Poul Soegaard. Jessica Montell, B'Tselem Executive director will receive the award on behalf of the organization. The director of Al-Haq, Shawan Jabarin, will not be able to get to the ceremony since Israel prevents his exit from the West Bank on the basis of secret material claiming that he is active in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine organization.

Al-Haq will be represented by Nina Atallah, head of Monitoring & Documentation.