Richard Burgon MP becomes tenth British parliamentarian to formally nominate Cuban medics for the Nobel Peace Prize
Campaign News | Monday, 14 December 2020
Richard Burgon MP is the tenth British Member of Parliament to formally nominate the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Mr Burgon, who was elected MP for Leeds East in the North of England in 2015, received confirmation of his nomination from the Nobel Prize Committee in Norway on 10 December 2020.
In a video message recorded to support his nomination the Leeds East MP said “I'm very happy and proud to have officially nominated the Cuban doctors, nurses and technicians
of the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of their work, helping to fight coronavirus and the humanitarianism they have shown in emergency health situations around the world over the last 15 years.”
In his nomination to the Nobel Committee he said:
“Cuba has long history of providing humanitarian assistance, even in times of struggle itself. In May 1960, shortly after an exodus of doctors following the Cuban Revolution, a medical team was sent to Chile to help in the aftermath of an earthquake.”
He concluded: “The organisation’s guiding principles of health as a human right, the right to peace and life, humanism and solidarity, have underpinned the Brigade’s monumental efforts. In a time of global health crisis such as we are in now, these are the exact principles which we all must embody.
The Henry Reeve Brigade has made an unparalleled contribution to global health, which has never been so deserving of recognition and praise than at this time of global health emergency.