The Norwegian parliament awards prize to corrupt Guantanamo operator

Oxford think tank says Peer Gynt Prize to Kjell Inge Røkke is in fundamental conflict with the Storting’s task of appointing Nobel Peace Prize committee

(Oxford, 20 July 2006) Given its task of appointing the committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize, which carries with it heavy responsibilities for upholding international law, rule of law, and human rights, it is completely unacceptable that the Storting, the Norwegian parliament, awards the Peer Gynt Prize, a prestigious national honor prize, to Kjell Inge Røkke, a corruption convicted business man whose company Aker Kværner has played a vital role in the maintenance of the detention facility at Guantanamo, which according to the United Nations in its nature and operation “amounts to torture” and according to the International Committee of the Red Cross constitutes “an intentional system of cruel, unusual and degrading treatment and a form of torture”, says a think tank based in Oxford.

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