Human rights organization Amnesty International today announced its most prestigious award to Swedish teenage girl Greta Thunberg, the face of the climate struggle.
The “ambassador of conscience” award recognizes Greta Thunberg and the “Fridays for Future” movement on the initiative of marches organized around the world to warn of the urgent need to fight against climatic disturbances.
“Every young person participating in Fridays for future embodies what it means to act on our conscience, remind us that we are more powerful than we think and that we all have a role to play in protecting human rights. against the climate catastrophe, “said the secretary general of the NGO, Kumi Naidoo, in a statement.
Greta Thunberg was on Friday morning, as almost every Friday since the start of the new year 2018, near the Parliament in Stockholm, holding a sign “Strike of the school for climate”.
“We are delighted to have received this award, it is incredible to have such recognition,” she told AFPTV.
The teenager announced that she would take a sabbatical year and would travel to New York in September to participate in the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ global climate summit and then to COP25 in Chile in December.
She who moves only by train still thinks of crossing the ocean otherwise than by air.
“The school finishes next week and I decided to try to take a sabbatical year and travel to different places, for example from North to South America where I received several invitations to attend summits “, she told AFPTV.
“But it’s on the other side of the Atlantic and I do not fly because of the climate, so I’ll have to find another way,” said the Swede, much in demand by passersby who want to exchange a few words with her or take selfies by her side.
Before her, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl who survived a Taliban attack, and former Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi were awarded the “Ambassador of Conscience” award. .
The NGO deposed the Burmese leader of her award in November 2018, saying she had “betrayed the values she once defended” after she became Burmese government leader in 2016. Amnesty denounces “multiple human rights violations.” of Man “observed since, particularly related to the persecutions, qualified by the UN of” genocide “, Rohingya Muslims.