Carl Von Ossietzky

December 10, 2010 by staff 

Carl Von Ossietzky, In this letter, the signatories asked the two ministers to give Vanunu free start to allow him to participate in the act of ceremony for the presentation of the Carl-von-Ossietzky Medal-December 12, 2010 in Berlin. Mordechai Vanunu is the recipient of the Medal Carl von Ossietzky 2010.

Let him receive the Carl-von-Ossietzky-2010 Medal personally to the ceremony on December 12 this year in Berlin.

Mr. Prime Minister Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu
Honourable Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, M.
Minister of Defence Honourable Mr. Eli Yishai

We, the undersigned, use the grant of the Carl-von-Ossietzky-Medal Mordechai Vanunu as an opportunity to appeal to you: please give this personality outside of your country, who have urged caution against dangers of nuclear weapons, leaving Israel free to enable participation in the act of ceremony for the presentation of the Carl-von-Ossietzky Medal-December 12, 2010 in Berlin.

International public opinion learned about Mordechai Vanunu in 1985, just after passing information to the center of the Israeli Negev Nuclear Research in a London newspaper. On March 27, 1988, a first instance of the Israeli Penal Court sentenced him to imprisonment of 18 years long due to “supporting the enemy in time of war” and that “the collection and the delegation of secret information with intent to harm Israel’s security.” An appeal against the decision was rejected by the Supreme Court. What happened against the testimony of eyewitnesses – including Columbia and the United States of America, nuclear expert’s weapons – that knowledge of the conviction was not sufficient to constitute a security threat to Israel.

On April 24, 2004, Mordechai Vanunu was released after serving his full sentence – the latter 11 years imprisonment aggravated by isolation. The legal constraints that have been repeatedly extended include the strict prohibition to leave Israel and severely restrict freedom of movement and freedom of expression.

Recently, the constraints shown were approved by the Israeli Supreme Court on October 11th, 2010. The judges rejected the objection that knowledge defensor Mordechai Vanunu for Nuclear Research has become obsolete because of his dismissal in 1985 and subsequent imprisonment in length and therefore could not constitute a threat to the safety of Israel. To justify the continued prohibition of leaving the country, the verdict of 13 October 2010, states that permanently holds the secret knowledge and related security which it might actually be abroad.

We would recall that former Prime Minister of your country, Ehud Olmert, already recognized in 2006 during his visit to Germany that Israel possesses nuclear weapons.

Mordechai Vanunu highlights down to this day he would not harm Israel. Instead, he acted on a deep concern about the dangers of artificially and to build nuclear weapons plutonium rehashed – including threats to the Israeli population. This concern is shared by millions of people since the versions atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In this context and in light of increasing tensions in the region, leading state have repeatedly ruled in favor of complete nuclear disarmament and proposed as a first step in this direction creation regional areas free of nuclear weapons without.

The reasons why the signatories to the occasion of the presentation of Carl von Ossietzky-medal-Mordechai Vanunu appeals to you this letter in excess of policy applications of peace. We can not think of any other case in a democratic state where, after the complete execution of a sentence – with 18 years imprisonment or a particularly high valued – the legal requirements have been imposed that give rise to such a reduction deep fundamental rights – in fact – these equality constraints gradual extension of the sentence. We believe it is essential that in a democratic constitutional state prison served must lead to full reinstatement of all civil and political rights of the condemned.

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights codifies the art. 12 the fundamental right to be released by entering and exiting any country including own. Art. 14, paragraph 7 also states: “No person shall be liable to be prosecuted or punished for an offense which has already been convicted or acquitted in accordance with the law and penal procedure of each country.”

We, the undersigned, strongly urge you to consider generously to our request and to respond to our desire to allow Mordechai Vanunu to leave Israel the right. Please grant Mordechai Vanunu the possibility of accepting the invitation of the International League of Human Rights in its host 10 to 17 December 2010 in Berlin, to personally attend the ceremony to act delivery of the Carl-von-Ossietzky-Medal in 2010.

Thank you for your kind attention. We would be grateful for a quick response.


Lawyer Otto Jäckel – Doctor International President for the Prevention of Nuclear War – Germany

Prof. Dr. Fanny-M. Reisin – President International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War – Germany

Dr. med Claußen Angelika – President International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War – Germany

First signatories: Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, Nobel Laureate for Peace 1979, awarded the Carl-von-Ossietzky Medal-1976, Hans-Peter Dürr, MD, winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize 1987, Günter Grass, writer, sculptor, grafic artist painter, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999, recipient of the Carl-von-Ossietzky Medal-1967, Nina Hagen, singer, actress and songwriter, Fredrik S. Heffermehl, lawyer, author and peace activist, Harold (Harry) W. Kroto, a chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1996, Felicia Langer, a lawyer and author, winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize, 1990 and Bruno KREISKER 1991, Volker Ludwig, playwright, intendant of the Berlin GRIPS Theatre, recipient of the Order of Merit by the federal government in Berlin in 2007 and the Carl-von-Ossietzky Medal-1994, Luisa Morgantini, former Vice-President of the European Parliament, Eberhard Richter, a psychoanalyst and social philosopher, who holds council member IPPNW, recipient of the Medal Urania 1993 and the Paracelsus Medal 2008, Jack Steinberger, physicist, Nobel Peace Laureate 1988, Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, natural scientist, recipient of the German Environment 2008

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