The Muammar Qaddafi Prize For Human Rights Goes To…

Amazingly enough, it exists. The web page of the Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights is here. The prize’s motto is, “As the sun shines for everyone, freedom is a right for everyone.” Touching, huh?

The prize is awarded every year to one of the international personalities, bodies or organizations that have distinctively contributed to rendering an outstanding human service and has achieved great actions in defending Human rights, protecting the causes of freedom and supporting peace everywhere in the world.
The Prize categorically believes that freedom is an indivisible natural right for Man ; it is not a gift or grace from anybody, and that safeguarding it is a general human responsibility.

The prize is inspired by Muammar Qaddafi’s work on behalf of human rights:

Alghaddafi International Prize for Human Rights was established in 1988 by virtue of a decision issued by the Peoples Congresses in indebtedness and gratitude for the Revolutionary Muammer Alghaddafi and in appreciation for his role in firmly establishing the principle of direct democracy, his persistent struggle, his distinctive inspiration and continuous instigation for the consolidation of human liberty and for issuing the Great Green Document in the era of the masses for the purpose of bestowing tribute upon symbolic figures of struggle and faith in the values of freedom to all humans, nations, groups and individuals.

Among those who have been awarded the Alghaddafi International Prize for Human Rights are Nelson Mandela, the “The American Moslem freedom-fighter Louise Farakan” [sic], “Freedom-Fighter President Fidel Castro” and Hugo Chavez. The web site hasn’t been updated since 2005, but Daniel Pipes points out that the prize was awarded–presumably for the last time–just three months ago, to Turkey’s President Erdogan. Here he is, accepting the prize in Tripoli:
Pipes comments: “Accepting ‘Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights’ three months ago says all one needs to know about Erdoğan.”
UPDATE: Coincidentally, just moments after finishing this post I saw this news story: “Farrakhan: Libya’s Gadhafi remains a friend.”

Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan says Moammar Gadhafi has always been a friend and he won’t distance himself from the Libyan dictator. …
Farrakhan didn’t talk specifics about the deadly uprisings in Libya, but the 77-year-old said no leader has been loved by 100 percent of his people.
Farrakhan also said that if Gadhafi is persecuted for crimes against humanity, the same should apply to former President George W. Bush for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. …
During his four-hour speech [Ed.: !], Farrakhan discussed historic and current events, including the group’s perspective on Scientology, severe weather and UFOs.

No mention of Farrakhan winning Qaddafi’s peace prize.

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