The Per Anger Prize

The Per Anger Prize is an international prize, established in 2004 by the Swedish Government to promote initiatives supporting human rights and democracy. The Government has commissioned the Living History Forum to manage the nominations, appoint a jury and organise all the various aspects of the prize.

The prize is named after Per Anger who, as secretary of the Swedish legation in Budapest, initiated Sweden’s work to save as many jews as possible from persecution and death during the Second World War in Nazi-occupied Hungary. On December 7 2013 he would have turned 100. Watch the film about his life

The nomination organisations are Afrikagrupperna, Amnesty International, Civil Rights Defenders, Diakonia, UNA-Sweden, the International Commission of Jurists Swedish Section, Reporters without Borders, Swedish PEN and the Church of Sweden.

The jury comprises of Ingrid Lomfors (Director of the Living History Forum), Parul Sharma (Human rights lawyer), Peter Weiderud (Secretary general), Peter Anger (son of Per Anger) and Ambassador Anders Rönqvist

In previous years the prize was awarded to Archbishop Gennaro Verolino (2004), Arsen Sakalov (2005), Aliaksandr Bialitski (2006), Organización Femenina Popular (2007), Bishop Sebastian Bakare (2008), Brahim Dahane (2009), Elena Urlaeva (2010), Narges Mohammadi (2011), Sapiyat Magamedova (2012), Justine Ijeomah (2013), Rita Mahato (2014), Islena Rey Rodríguez (2015) och Abdullah al-Khateeb (2016).