Accepting Wallenberg Prize

"Fear renders us dumb and passive. Fear paralyzes. If we are too frightened to speak out, we can do nothing to promote freedom of speech. If we are too frightened to challenge injustices, we will not be able to defend our right to freedom of belief. Neither will we dare to ask for the rectification of the social and economic ills that make our lives a misery.

For fear anywhere, in any language, belittles, negates, and degrades. It takes courage and commitment to achieve freedom and to uphold it. While there are no laws and institutions to protect basic human rights, individuals have to fall back on their own will to practice and promote the freedoms in which they believe. The support of those who share the commitment helps them greatly in this endeavor."