Lennon Ono Grant For Peace

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Awarded From

Yoko Ono

October, 2006
Founded by Yoko Ono in honor of the peace activism of John Lennon, the $50,000 award is given to two recipients every two years. Past winners have included investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, Israeli artist Zvi Goldstein and Palestinian artist Khalil Rabah. CCR will be honored alongside Doctors Without Borders, the first organizations to receive the award.

Ms. Ono chose CCR for its 'tireless' work to establish a 'more peaceful' world, particularly its 2004 Supreme Court victory in Rasul v. Bush, which established that detainees held at Guantánamo Bay were still entitled to the right of habeas corpus. That right is a vital check on the power of the President to unilaterally declare anyone anywhere in the world an 'enemy combatant' and, in the case of non-U.S. citizens, detain them indefinitely without access to a court of law.