Winner of Student Peace Prize 2015
- Aayat Aloqormozi will receive The Student Peace Prize for her relentless fight for democracy and human rights in Bahrain, says the leader of the Student Peace Prize committee, Jørn Wichne Pedersen.
In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, Aloqormozi was arrested and jailed after publically performing a poem about freedom at the Pearl Roundabout in Manama.The poem criticized the regime's system of governance, and demanded that King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa give equal rights to Shia and Sunni Muslims.After the performance, Aayat Alqormozi was expelled from university, abused and thrown in prison.
On Thursday February 12, she will receive The Student Peace Prize during the ISFiT festival in Trondheim.
"The strength to fight against repression and violence – without resorting to such methods herself – demonstrates an admirable dedication to the path of peace.By raising her voice again, despite having been jailed, tortured, harassed, threatened and expelled from her studies, Aayat Alqormozi has shown remarkable courage that should inspire students all around the world", wrote the committee in its justification.
Bahrain - The Forgotten Arab Spring
- The protests in Bahrain are the forgotten Arab Spring.The protestors demanded political reform, social justice and respect for human rights.Shia Muslims represent 70% of the population but they are discriminated by the ruling Sunni Muslim elite and the al-Khalifa royal family, says Wichne Pedersen.
Through peaceful, non-violent protest, the 23-year-old woman has become a symbol of the opposition movement.She has particularly become a voice for women and students that are working for democracy and human rights in Bahrain.
The committee has agreed that The Student Peace Prize shall go to this woman for her peaceful struggle for democracy in Bahrain.Her voice inspires hundreds of youth daily to fight against injustice in their own homelands.
The Students Peace Prize (SPP) was established in 1999, with the international student festival in Trondheim (ISFIT) initiative. The award is bestowed every two years to students or student organizations that work to promote peace, human rights and democracy.Read more.