- Title: BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: SERB CIVIC COUNCIL WINS ALTERNATIVE NOBEL
- Date: 4th October 1995
- Summary: SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (OCTOBER 4, 1995) (AGENCY POOL -- ACCESS ALL) 1. GV/SV EXTERIOR OF SERB ORTHODOX CHURCH (2 SHOTS) 0.12 2. SV SERB CIVIC COUNCIL DIRECTOR LJUBOMIR BERBEROVIC SPEAKING (ENGLISH) 0.39 3. GV MEETING OF SERB COUNCIL 0.49 4. SV PRESIDENT OF SERB COUNCIL, MIRKO PEJANOVIC, SAYING IT IS VERY PLEASANT TO GET AN AWARD FOR SOMETHING ONE WORKED AND FIGHTS FOR (SERBO-CROAT) 1.24 5. SV MEETING OF SERB COUNCIL 1.28 SEQUENCE 2 TRANSCRIPT: BERBEROVIC: "THE AWARDS JURY HAS DECIDED TO GIVE THE AWARD TO THE SERB CIVIC COUNCIL AS THE VOICE OF ALL BOSNIAN SERBS WHO HAVE MAINTAINED THEIR SUPPORT FOR A HUMAN, MULTI-ETHNIC, AND DEMOCRATIC BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, REJECTING THE WAR AND THE GENOCIDE RAGED BY THE REGIME IN PALE." Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
- Duration: 00:01:30
- Story Text: Serbs opposed to ethnic cleansing and an Indonesian activist in East Timor were among four winners on Wednesday (October 4) of the Right Livelihood Award, Sweden's so-called "alternative Nobel".
The 15-year-old award recognises people or causes overlooked by the prestigious but sometimes contentious Nobel prizes, and it has become coveted in its own right.
A Swedish-German philanthropist, Jakob von Uexkull, said he created the 250,000 United States (U.S.) dollar prize with profits from his massive stamp collection because the Nobel prizes tend to "ignore much work and knowledge vital for the survival of humankind." This year's prize will be shared by the Serb Civic Council of Sarajevo; the Hungarian Foundation for Self-Reliance and its founder Andras Biro; Sulak Sivaraksa of Thailand; and Carmel Budiardjo of Indonesia. Each will get 62,500 U.S. dollars.
The year-old Serbian Civic Council, based in Sarajevo, deserves the award because it "has resolutely refused to succumb to the ethnic hatred that has so disfigured Europe," the Right Livelihood Foundation said in a statement.
Claiming about 50,000 members, the group represents Serbs in Bosnia who rejected the nationalism preached by Serbian leader Radovan Karadzic and Bosnian Serb Army (BSA) commander General Ratko Mladic.
The council has stood for "the forgotten voice of all those Bosnian Serbs who have under extremely difficult circumstances maintained their support for a humane, multi-ethnic, democratic Bosnia-Herzegovina and rejected the war of genocidal apartheid," said the council's director, Ljubomir Berberovic.
Another council member, Mirko Pejanovic, who holds a seat on the Bosnian government's collective presidency, said it was very pleasant to get the award for something that one works and fights for.
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