Mordechai Vanunu wins human rights prize of Brazilian Press Association
Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli whistleblower who exposed details of Israel's nuclear weapons programme to the world in 1986, has been awarded the 2013 human rights prize of the Brazilian Press Association (ABI). ABI awarded the prize to Vananu for his services to humanity, to citizenship rights and the right to information. An additional six "citizens of the world" also received the 2013, including Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Glenn Greenwald and Chelsea Manning. Vanunu exposed Israel's nuclear weapons programme to the British press in 1986 and was subsequently kidnapped by Israeli intelligence and sentenced to 18 years in prison, 11 of which he spent in solitary confinement. Since his release from prison in 2004, Vanunu is subject to broad restrictions on his speech and movement, and it not permitted to leave Israel as he desires. In announcing its decision, ABI stated that it is honouring Israeli citizen Mordechai Vanunu, a hero of humanity who acted to support world peace.
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