Snowden calls on UN to protect privacy, rights

Snowden calls on UN to protect privacy, rights
Edward Snowden, shown on a livestream from Moscow, is awarded the Right Livelihood Award ceremony at the Swedish Parliament, in Stockholm, Monday Dec. 1, 2014. Edward Snowden, a co-winner of the Right Livelihood Award, has called on the United Nations for measures to protect individual privacy and human rights. (AP Photo/TT, Pontus Lundahl)

Edward Snowden, co-winner of the Right Livelihood Award, has called on the United Nations to propose new measures to protect individual privacy and human rights.

The prize, also known as the "alternative Nobel," recognizes "the work of so many people ... not just over recent years" but over decades, the former NSA systems analyst told the ceremony Monday in Swedish Parliament by video link.

"I hope despite all we have accomplished in the last year, we all recognize that this is only the beginning," Snowden said, adding that he could only accept the award collectively.

Snowden, who remains in Russia after leaking NSA documents to journalists in 2013 and faces charges in the U.S. that could land him in prison for up to 30 years, said he has no regrets about his actions.

He said journalists, publishers and activists were among those who had put "so much on the line" and many couldn't go home because they feared arrest, including himself.

"These are things that are unlikely to change soon. But they're worth it," he said. "All the prices we paid, all the sacrifices we made, I believe we'd do it again."

"There is so much more to do ... and together we will achieve it," Snowden said, receiving a standing ovation.

Snowden split the honorary portion of the award with Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, which has published a series of articles on government surveillance based on documents leaked by Snowden.

Snowden calls on UN to protect privacy, rights
Edward Snowden, shown on a livestream from Moscow, is awarded the Right Livelihood Award ceremony at the Swedish Parliament, in Stockholm, Monday Dec. 1, 2014. Edward Snowden, a co-winner of the Right Livelihood Award, has called on the United Nations for measures to protect individual privacy and human rights. (AP Photo/TT, Pontus Lundahl)

The 1.5 million kronor ($210,000) cash portion of the award—was shared by Pakistani activist Asma Jahangir, Basil Fernando of the Asian Human Rights Commission and U.S. environmentalist Bill McKibben.

The Right Livelihood Award foundation typically honors grass-roots activists.

Snowden calls on UN to protect privacy, rights
US environmentalist Bill McKibben, left, receives the Right Livelihood Award from Jakob von Uexkull, right, during the Right Livelihood Award ceremony at the Swedish Parliament, in Stockholm, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. McKibben received the award '...for mobilizing growing popular support in the USA and around the world for strong action to counter the threat of global climate change.' (AP Photo/Pontus Lundahl, TT)

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Dec 01, 2014
Should have mentioned the TTIP plague directly..

rgw
Dec 01, 2014
If this smirking ass wants to be a real hero, he must come home and fight. There has never been a true 'Patriot' who hid in Russia.

Dec 01, 2014
If this smirking ass wants to be a real hero, he must come home and fight. There has never been a true 'Patriot' who hid in Russia.
What, fight an angry mob of debt junkie addicts who buy into the fascist machine? No, fascism in USA will probably need to be eliminated as it was in Germany because people become too greedy and inhuman in their little fishbowl world

Currently Russia deploys more nukes than USA. History has proven this an elective deterrent that even you can understand. Sadly it seems to be the only language you understand

Dec 02, 2014
wants to be a real hero

I follow this topic and don't think he wants to be a hero. He said his piece in a way that was designed to reach the maximum amount of people. Many may see his tactics as unethical, but they did allow him to achieve his objective to inform. It appears he is at peace with that.

He made it very clear that he wasn't going to "dictate the truth" and that it was up to the American people to collectively decide what they want. It's up to *you* now. People working through congress, Democracy at work and all that.

Dec 02, 2014
Snowden's treading a rather fine line, considering the degree of privacy accorded to its citizens by Russia. Life would start to suck badly for him should Russia decide his visit to the country has endured long enough.

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