Prince Zeid Raʿad al-Hussein of Jordan was elected UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2014. He has a robust track record on accountability for grave crimes, fighting against sexual and gender-based violence, condemning and leading investigations into abuses allegedly committed by UN peacekeeping personnel including rape, the trafficking of human beings and illicit narcotics, and insisting on a zero-tolerance policy for such offences.
He is an avid advocate in the fight against impunity, and was a key figure in the establishment of the International Criminal Court. His career also includes work for the UN in the former Yugoslavia, following which he helped ensure the creation of a report documenting the causes of the genocide in Srebrenica. He has a reputation of working to unveil widespread human rights violations and steering countries away from victor’s justice.
The Stockholm Human Rights Award will be presented to Prince Zeid at a ceremony in Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, on 24 November.
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