Gaza, ALRAY - Right Livelihood Award Foundation ( RLAF) announced on Thursday RAJI SOURANI, human rights lawyer based in Gaza, one of the laureates of the 2013 Right Livelihood Award.
The RLAF awarded RAJI SOURANI for his unwavering dedication to the rule of law and hum-an rights under exceptionally difficult circumstances.
It is the first time that a Right Livelihood Award goes to a Palestinian.
Sourani established the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights( PCHR) to document and investigate human rights violations committed in the Occupied Territories, and has defended countless victims before Israeli courts.
Palestinian Prime Minister , Ismail Haniyeh congratulated the Palestinian SOURANI for this great achievement , " this award recognized Sourani’s dedicated work towards justice for victims of human rights violations," PM Ismail Haniyeh stated.
Sourani has been imprisoned on six separate occasions by both Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
The Award will be presented at a ceremony in the Swedish Parliament on 2 December 2013 hosted by the Society for the Right Livelihood Award in the Swedish Parliament.