Barcelona (Kyodo) – The Berlin-based peace organization, International Peace Bureau (IBP), held its Sean McBride Peace Prize award ceremony in Barcelona, Spain on Nov. 24. The IBP awarded the prize to the All Okinawa Council consisting of political parties and groups opposing the relocation of the Futenma Air Station (in Ginowan City, Okinawa) to Henoko, Nago City. The council’s co-leader Suzuyo Takazato, 77, received the peace prize medal.
The IBP hailed the All Okinawa Council’s “perseverance in non-violent struggle” against U.S. military bases over many years and decided unanimously to give the award to the group. It pointed out that the Futenma base is “one of the most dangerous military bases in the world.”
In addition to the All Okinawa Council, the IPB also awarded the Sean McBride Peace Prize to American linguist Noam Chomsky and British politician Jeremy Corbyn for their contributions to nuclear disarmament and peace activities. (Abridged)