Die Verleihung findet statt am 12. Dezember 2010 in Berlin.
The International League for Human Rights has awarded MORDECHAI VANUNU with the CARL VON OSSIETZKY MEDAL 2010 for his courageous dedication to nuclear disarmament as well as to civil and human rights.
Please join this international campaign to help get Mordechai Vanunu out of Israel in order to accept the Carl von Ossietzky Medal in Berlin on December 12. (Carl von Ossietzky was a German journalist and pacifist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace for 1935.)
I am sending you an open letter to Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the Israeli Ministers for defense and interior affairs, that we published in various languages together with IALANA and IPPNW earlyer today.
On our website www.ilmr.de you will find a poster announcing the medal award ceremony - also to be dessiminatet and shown on web sites.
We are very grateful for your support and ask you to distribute the open letter as widely as possible. Send a press release to your local TV/radio/newspaper/member of Congress/house of worship. Israel forbids Mr. Vanunu's freedom of movement, so without international attention he will not be permitted to accept his medal in person.
I enclose our PR Nr 1 (available in various languages on www.ilmr.de), that presents the reasoning of our Board of Trustees to award Mordechai Vanunu with the Carl von Ossietzky Medal 2010.
Please help us to get Mordechai Vanunu to Berlin on December 12th. Please support Mordechai Vanunu's and our campaign for nuclear disarmament.
Please grant Mordechai Vanunu free departure out of Israel. Allow him to receive the Carl-von-Ossietzky-Medal 2010 personally at the Award Ceremony on December 12th this year in Berlin.
To the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,
To the Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak and
To the Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai
Honourable Prime Minister Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu,
Honourable Defence Minister Mr. Ehud Barak,
Honourable Defence Minister Mr. Eli Yishai,
We, the Signatories, use the bestowal of the Carl-von-Ossietzky-Medal to Mordechai Vanunu as an opportunity to appeal to you: please grant this outstanding personality of your country, who urgently advised against the dangers of nuclear armament, free departure out of Israel to enable him the participation in the ceremonial act for the bestowal of the Carl-von-Ossietzky-Medal on December 12th, 2010 in Berlin.
The international public learned about Mordechai Vanunu in 1985, right after he passed on information about the Israeli Negev nuclear research centre to a London newspaper. On March 27th, 1988, a first instance Israeli Criminal Court sentenced him to an 18-year-long imprisonment due to “support of the enemy in wartime” as well as “collection and delegation of secret information with intent to injure the security of Israel”. The lodged appeal against the decision was rejected by the Supreme Court. This happened against the testimonial of contemporary witnesses – among others British and US American nuclear weapons experts – that the knowledge of the convict would not have been sufficient to pose a security threat to Israel.
On April 24th, 2004, Mordechai Vanunu was released from custody after having served the full sentence – thereof 11 years of aggravated imprisonment by complete isolation. The imposed judicial constraints that were repeatedly prolonged include the strict prohibition to leave Israel and considerably narrow his free movement and freedom of expression. Recently, the stated constraints were approved by the Supreme Court of Israel on October 11th, 2010. The judges rejected the defensors’ objection that Mordechai Vanunu’s knowledge concerning nuclear research became obsolete due to his dismissal in 1985 and the subsequent long imprisonment and therefore could not pose a threat to the security of Israel. To justify the maintenance of the ban of leaving the country, the verdict of October 13th, 2010 states that he continuously holds secret and security related knowledge which he could and indeed would reveal abroad.
We permit ourselves to recall that the former Prime Minister of your country, Ehud Olmert, already conceded in 2006 during his Germany visit that Israel does possess nuclear weapons. Mordechai Vanunu emphasizes down to the present day that he did not want to harm Israel. Instead, he acted out of deep concern regarding the dangers of artificially and for the construction of nuclear weapons
rehashed plutonium – including threats to the Israeli population. This anxiety is shared by millions of people since the atomic bomb releases on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Against this background, as well as in the light of increasing tensions in the region, leading statesmen have repeatedly spoken out in favour for a complete nuclear disarmament and have proposed as a first step in this direction the creation of regional nuclear-weapon-free zones.
The reasons for which the Signatories on occasion of the bestowal of the Carl-von-Ossietzky-Medal to Mordechai Vanunu appeal to you with this letter extend beyond policy of peace requests. We cannot think of any other case in a democratic State where after the
complete serving of a sentence – with 18 years being a particularly high assessed imprisonment - judicial requirements have been imposed that result in such a far-reaching curtailment of fundamental rights that – in fact – these constraints equal a progressive prolongation of sentence. We deem it indispensable that in a democratic constitutional state a complete served imprisonment must lead on to the reinstatement of all civil and political rights of the convict. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights codifies in Art. 12 the fundamental right to be free in leaving and entering any country, including the own. Art. 14 paragraph 7 states furthermore: “No one shall be liable to be tried or punished again for an offence which he has already been finally convicted or acquitted in accordance with the law and penal procedure of each country”.
We, the Signatories, appeal urgently to you to generously consider our request and to meet our desire to permit Mordechai Vanunu the right to leave Israel. Please grant Mordechai Vanunu the opportunity to accept the invitation of the International League for Human Rights to be her guest from 10th until 17th December 2010 in Berlin, in order to personally attend the ceremonial act for the bestowal of the Carl-von-Ossietzky-Medal in 2010.
Thank you for your kind attention. We would be very thankful for an early reply.
Lawyer Otto Jäckel Chairperson IALANA - Germany
Prof. Dr. Fanny-M. Reisin President ILHR - Germany
Dr. med Angelika Claußen Chairperson IPPNW - Germany
Initial signatories: Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1979, recipient of the Carl-von-Ossietzky-Medal 1976,
Hans-Peter Dürr, Physician, recipient of the Alternative Nobel Prize 1987, Günter Grass, writer, sculptor, painter grafic artist, Nobel laureate in literature 1999, recipient of the Carl-von-Ossietzky-Medal 1967, Nina Hagen, singer, actress and song-writer, Fredrik S. Heffermehl, lawyer, author and peace activist, Harold (Harry) W. Kroto, chemist, Nobel laureate in chemistry 1996, Felicia Langer, lawyer and author, recipient of the Alternative Nobel Prize 1990 and the Bruno Kreisky Prize 1991, Volker Ludwig, playwright, intendant of the GRIPS theatre Berlin , recipient of the Order of Merit by the federal state Berlin 2007 as well as of the Carl-von-Ossietzky-Medal 1994, Luisa Morgantini, former Vice President of the European Parliament, Horst-Eberhard Richter, psychoanalyst and social philosopher, titular board member IPPNW, recipient of the Urania Medal 1993 and the Paracelsus Medal 2008, Jack Steinberger, physician, Nobel Peace Laureat 1988, Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, natural scientist, recipient of theGerman Environmental Prize 2008.