Raji Sourani

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Raji Sourani (Arabic: راجي الصوراني‎, born c. 1954[1]) is a human rights lawyer in the Gaza Strip. He was a recipient of the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Award in 1991, given each year to an individual whose courageous activism is at the heart of the human rights movement and in the spirit of Robert F. Kennedy's vision and legacy.[2] He was an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience[3][4] in 1985 and 1988, member of International Commission of Jurists EXCO and IDAL EXCO, and Vice President of the International Federation of Human Rights. He is the founder and director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights.[5] Sourani was active in the cases of Palestinians representing deportation, and in monitoring the conditions of Israeli prisons and detentions. He remains an unreserved critic of human rights violations occurring on both sides of the conflict.

Sourani was selected for the 2003 Oak Institute for Human Rights Fellowship at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. However, his visa was never approved and he was unable to travel to the United States at that time. See the Oak website for more details.

Sourani was co-awarded the Right Livelihood Award on September 26, 2013.[6]


  1. ^ "Right Livelihood Awards, 'alternative Nobels,' given to US, Congolese, Palestinian, Swiss". Washington Post. September 26, 2013. Archived from the original on September 26, 2013.
  2. ^ "Robert F Kennedy Center Laureates". Archived from the original on 2014-04-07.
  3. ^ "Raji Sourani: Profile". The Guardian. London. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  4. ^ Edith Garwood (6 October 2011). "Palestinian Statehood Bid at UN and Its Implications". Amnesty International. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  5. ^ PCHR - About Us - Director ′
  6. ^ "'Alternative Nobel Prize' awarded for fight against chemical weapons". Deutsche Welle. September 26, 2013.

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