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To the Nobel Committee members: Nominate J. Assange and E. Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

We, undersigned, acting as members of the entire human kind,


Whereas recognizing that dignity, inherent to all the members of the human family, and their equal and inalienable rights, are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,


Whereas the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by Resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948 at the United Nations General Assembly, solemnly declares that “human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people”,


Whereas according to Article 12 of the Universal Declaration, “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence”,


Whereas, according to the Preamble of this Universal Declaration, “it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law”,


Whereas Mr Julian Assange, citizen of Australia, computer specialist and online activist, founder, editor in chief and spokeperson of Wikileaks, acting in accordance with the core principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, constantly worked to give free access to all the citizens of the World to types of information not entirely under State control or the influence of financial power,


Whereras acknowledging his actions in favour of a free access to information and his fight against censorship, Mr Julian Assange received several world-renowned awards , amongst which:

·        the “Media Award 2009” from Amnesty International (itself Nobel Peace Laureate 1977),

·        the “Index on Censorship Award 2008” from The Economist newspaper,

·        the Sydney Peace Foundation golden medal for “upholding the right of individuals to knowledge”,


Whereas Mr Edward Snowden, American citizen, computer specialist and former employee of the United States intelligence services, in accordance with the ethics and core principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Right, disclosed to the general public the existence of:

·        a generalized system of remote metadata capture of telephone calls in the United States,

·        a world-wide system of eavesdropping in on Internet private communications, secretly monitored by the American Government through a surveillance program called PRISM,

·        a similar system monitored by the British Government called Tempora,


Whereas the entire community of computer specialists and intelligence services considers this information perfectly convincing,


Whereas the Government of the United States, far from denying the information which Mr Snowden released to the whole world, has implicitly confirmed its authenticity by prosecuting his national citizen, charging him with espionage, theft and illegal use of Government assets,


Whereas this information was considered serious enough by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany to inter alia officially ask the British and American authorities explanations on the ins and outs of PRISM and Tempora interception systems, through its ministry of Justice,


Whereas these secret, universal and systematic eavesdropping and interception systems, worldly infringe on the key principle of the privacy of communications, and therefore infringe on Article 12 of the above-mentioned Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR),


Whereas in warning the general public of these systems as forerunning signs of a frightening world, based on global surveillance of all human beings, similar to the one pictured in George Orwell prospective novel 1984, M. Edward Snowden must be thanked as a benefactor to mankind,


Whereas the Nobel Peace Committee case-law has always been to award the Nobel Peace Prize to world renowned people for their specific peaceful actions in favour of human rights respect,


Whereas the Nobel Peace Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in particular to:

·        Andrei Sakharov in 1975 for “his campaign in favour of human rights” , in spite of protests from his own country authorities,

·        Amnesty International in 1977 “for its fight in favour of human rights and respect of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”,

·        Barack Obama in 2009 “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”,

·        Liu Xiaobo in 2010 “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights” in spite of protests from his own country authorities,


Whereas the Nobel Peace Committee has also often been concerned about awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to human rights activists whose personal security and freedom were at stake, counting on the Nobel Peace Prize to de facto grant them immunity,


Whereas Messrs Julian Assange and Edward Snowden have significantly and peacefully worked in favour of human rights respects, of freedom of information and freedom of communication secrecy at a global level, and that this deed makes them eligible for the Nobel Peace Prize,


Whereas at the moment the personal security and freedom of Messrs Julian Assange and Edward Snowden are immediately and seriously threatened by American authorities and that awarding them the Nobel Peace Prize would protect them, like in their own time the Nobel Peace Prize award protected Andrei Sakharov, Lech Wałęsa, Desmond Tutu, Aung Saung Suu Kyi, the Dalaï Lama, Liu Xiaobo, etc. from other governmental authorities condemnation,-


officially and formally ask:


·        Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, Norwegian Nobel Committee President,

·        Ms Kaci Kullmann Five, Norwegian Nobel Committee Vice-President,

·        Ms Inger-Marie Ytterhorn, member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee,

·        Ms Berit Reiss-Andersen, member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee,

·        Mr Gunnar Stålsett, memberof the Norwegian Nobel Committee


as well as Mr Geir Lundestadt, Norwegian Nobel Committee Secretary,


to award the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 to both Mr Julian Assange and Edward Snowden “for their peaceful fight in favour of the inalienable right of human beings to freedom of information and total secrecy of their correspondence, according to Preamble and Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights solemnly adopted by the United Nations Organization.”

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