Article By Ralph T. Niemeyer (EU Chronicle)
For 31 years the Right Livelihood Foundation is organising annual awards in the Swedish Parliament the day before the official Nobel Prize, the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, for achievements in the field of sustainable development and civil society.
This year the award was handed over on 6 December to Dr. Ruchama Marton. She was especially active against the torture of Palestinian prisoners, her campaign culminating in a decision of the Supreme Court making it illegal. In 1988 she founded at the start of the Intifada ‘Physicians for Human Rights-Israel'(PHRI).
PHRI is an organisation of Israeli and Palestinian physicians that stands at the forefront of the struggle for human rights – particularly the right to health – in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.
“The organisation lobbies the state of Israel, demanding that all residents of Israel and Palestine get the same access and right to health care regardless their legal status, nationality, ethnicity or faith”
PHRI also provides health services to those residents of Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory who otherwise would not receive proper health care.
The different departments of PHRI cover among others prisoners and detainees, migrants and undocumented People, status-less persons and right to health in the unrecognised Negev villages.
Dr. Marton visited the EP upon an invitation by MEPs Csaba Sógor and Indrek Tarand as well as former German Green MEP Frank Schwalba-Hoth.