Black Lives Matter foundation wins Swedish human rights prize

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Man with a banner reading "Black Lives Matter" during a protest against racism by the Black Lives Matter movement on September 13, 2020 in Turin, Italy
image captionThe Black Lives Matter movement inspired protests around the world, including in Turin, Italy

The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation has won Sweden’s Olof Palme human rights prize for 2020.

Organisers said the movement was honoured for promoting “peaceful civil disobedience against police brutality and racial violence” across the globe.

They noted that about 20 million people had taken part in Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests in the US alone, along with millions more around the world.

An online prize-giving ceremony is due to take place in Stockholm on Saturday.

The $100,000 (£73,000) annual prize commemorates Olof Palme, the Swedish prime minister and prominent human rights advocate who was assassinated in Stockholm in 1986.

Founded in the US in 2013, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement became an international slogan last year following several high-profile cases of police brutality against African-Americans.

Protests that followed the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others saw chapters of Black Lives Matter spread across the US and around the world.

“This illustrates that racism and racist violence is not just a problem in American society, but a global problem,” prize organisers said.

They said the foundation had “in a unique way exposed the hardship, pain, and wrath of the African-American minority at not being valued equal to people of a different colour”.

A Norwegian MP, Petter Eide, has nominated the BLM foundation for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

In his nomination papers, Mr Eide said the movement had become an “important worldwide movement to fight racial injustice”.

Source: BBC News