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The UiO Human Rights Award 2016

This year’s award goes to Argentinian psychiatrist, anti-torture activist and human rights defender Dr Diana Kordon.

Diana Kordon has been a pioneer in developing psychological help for victims of human rights violations. Foto: EATIP.

For more than 40 years Dr Kordon has provided psychological assistance and treatment for trauma in victims of torture and gross human rights violations in Argentina. Dr Kordon started her work as a psychiatrist for the mothers in the Plaza de Mayo, fighting for the recognition that justice includes rehabilitation of victims of crimes against humanity.

In her field, she has been a pioneer in developing psychological help for victims of human rights violations, and she has developed an approach to health care and rehabilitation of victims of abuse by the military dictatorship, a number of whose representatives have now been convicted of crimes against humanity.

This year’s award goes to a person who continues in the tradition of Leo Eitinger. Eitinger was a professor of psychiatry at the University of Oslo and famous for his academic work on late-onset psychological trauma in victims of the Holocaust.

Programme for the award ceremony:

  • Presentation of the award winner by Rector Ole Petter Ottersen
    Music by Anneli Drecker. Photo: Stian Andersen.
    Music by Anneli Drecker. Photo: Stian Andersen.
  • Inga Bostad, Director of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights,
    hands over UiO’s Human Rights Award – The Lisl and Leo Eitinger Prize for 2016
  • Addresses by Diana Kordon, award winner, and Nora Sveaas, associate professor
  • Music by Anneli Drecker, Frida Frederikke Waaler Wærvågen, Sindre Hotvedt and Henrik Åsaune
  • Reception in the Domus Bibliotheca

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Published Oct. 17, 2016 2:09 PM - Last modified Oct. 25, 2016 2:32 PM