Tomo Križnar Will Be Honoured by the EU
International ethecon Blue Planet Award 2014/2015
The activist for peace and human rights Tomo Križnar will be honoured twofold for his commitment in Sudan. He will be awarded the European Citizen‚s Prize 2015 of the EU-parliament; furthermore he is nominated for the International ethecon Blue Planet Award 2014/2015. The designer of the ethecon Blue Planet Award and a representative of ethecon will visit him in Slovenia this coming Saturday.
On Friday, July 3, 2015 the Slovenian parliament will announce that Tomo Križnar has been elected to receive the European Citizen‘s Prize of the year 2015. The activist for peace and human rights has also been nominated by ‚ethecon-Stiftung Ethik & Ökonomie‘, a German foundation for ethics and economy, for the International ethecon Blue Planet Award 2014/2015. Tomo Križnar has become known for his demand to install the civil use of drones not only for the surveillance of threatened animal species, but also of populations threatened massacres and genocide.
The photographer and artist Katharina Mayer, and Sybille Arians, a representative of ethecon, will travel to Slovenia on July 4, not only to congratulate the nominee of the ethecon Award for his appraisal by the European Parliament, but also to meet the internationally renowned activist and film director in his personal surroundings and to develop together with him an individually designed photographic portrait for the ethecon Blue Planet Award.
Since 1979 Tomo Križnar has been travelling to Sudan in constant efforts to contribute to the termination of the Sudanese civil war. He has lived with the people of various ethnic groups, especially the Nuba, in an attempt to understand their customs and ways of life.
In 2006 the Slovenian president Janez Drnovšek sent Tomo Križnar to Darfur (Sudan) as special emissary to report on the conditions in the area. On arrival he was imprisoned.
Altogether he has been imprisoned in Sudan six times. All the same he travelled to combat areas of Sudan to continue his commitment for the right of the resident population to a peaceful life. He got in touch with human rights organisations, the European Union, US-government authorities and other organisations. In his documentary „Dar Fur - War for Water“, completed in 2008, he proved that in many cases activities of aid and relief are merely simulated, whereas the true motives are often the strife for power and access to oil, land and water. The film is part of the project “Safe-Keeping Darfur”, sponsored among others by the foundation „Cinema for Peace“ (Berlin) and Tomo Križnar's own humanitarian foundation H.O.P.E..
With the help of donations to the project and the foundations Tomo Križnar was able to buy mini-cameras, to give the people of the Nuba the chance to document how they were raided, shot at, raped and murdered. In this way they themselves could turn to the world public with documentary photos. This material was used for the documentary film „Eyes And Ears Of God“ (2012).
The ethecon Foundation is happy about the decision of the election committee of the European Parliament to honour Tomo Križnar. ethecon is sure that this distinction, and the Blue Planet Award, which will be granted to him in November, will give his commitment more widespread attention and support throughout the world.
Over the past years, the International ethecon Blue Planet Award has gone to Diane Wilson/USA (2006), Vandana Shiva/India (2007), José Abreu and Hugo Chávez/Venezuela (2008), Uri Avnery/Israel (2009), Elias Bierdel/Austria (2010), Angela Davis/USA (2011), Jean Ziegler/Switzerland (2012) and Esther Bejarano/Germany (2013). By receiving the International ethecon Black Planet Award, on the other hand, managers and major shareholders of the following groups have been shamed: MONSANTO/USA (2006), NESTLÉ/Switzerland (2007), BLACKWATER (XE)/USA (2008), Formosa Plastics Group/Taiwan (2009), BP/UK (2010), TEPCO/Japan (2011), GLENCORE/Switzerland (2012) and DEUTSCHE BANK/Germany (2013).
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