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Subject: fredspris
From: Thomas Erlandsson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:BIBLIST - Topics in Nordic research library user services <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 15 Oct 1999 13:57:45 +0100
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Nobel Peace Prize 1999


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The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize
for 1999 to Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières), in
recognition of the organization's pioneering humanitarian work on several
continents.

Since its foundation in the early 1970s, Doctors Without Borders has
adhered to the fundamental principle that all disaster victims, whether the
disaster is natural or human in origin, have a right to professional
assistance, given as quickly and efficiently as possible. National
boundaries and political circumstances or sympathies must have no influence
on who is to receive humanitarian help. By maintaining a high degree of
independence, the organization has succeeded in living up to these ideals. 

By intervening so rapidly, Doctors Without Borders calls public attention
to humanitarian catastrophes, and by pointing to the causes of such
catastrophes, the organization helps to form bodies of public opinion
opposed to violations and abuses of power.

In critical situations, marked by violence and brutality, the humanitarian
work of Doctors Without Borders enables the organization to create openings
for contacts between the opposed parties. At the same time, each fearless
and self-sacrificing helper shows each victim a human face, stands for
respect for that person's dignity, and is a source of hope for peace and
reconciliation. 


Ett för en gångs skull värdigt fredspris / thomas KTHB
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Oslo, October 15. 1999
Thomas Erlandsson, Phåne Librarian
KTHB, Sthlm
Tel. 790 6671 mailto:[log in to unmask]

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