To date, no Western European government has extended a guarantee of safety. And Edward Snowden remains exiled in Moscow. It is the ambition of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation that he should be able to come to Sweden to receive his prize in person.

In 2014, Laureate Edward Snowden (2014, USA) was unable to travel to the Award ceremony in Stockholm. In March 2015, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation organised a visit of Swedish parliamentarians to Moscow, where they met with Edward Snowden to discuss issues of mass surveillance, privacy and transparency. The public debate triggered by Edward Snowden’s courageous revelations has resulted in legal breakthroughs on both sides of the Atlantic. In May, a US court of appeals ruled that the bulk collection of telephone metadata is unlawful.

This landmark decision vindicate Snowden in his decision to reveal illegal activitiy to the public. In October, the European Parliament called on EU member states to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistleblower and international human rights defender”.

To date, no Western European government has extended a guarantee of safety. And Edward Snowden remains exiled in Moscow. It is the ambition of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation that he should be able to come to Sweden to receive his prize in person.