November 2023

Press Release 

The Moore Prize Reveals its 2023 Shortlist of Books Dedicated to Human Rights

The Christopher G. Moore Foundation is delighted to announce a shortlist of six books that are outstanding in their coverage of crucial human rights concerns across the world. The 2023 shortlist incorporates a range of topics from grand narratives to personal perspectives, encompassing civil and political rights as well as socio-economic rights issues. Each is compelling in its poignancy and novel approach to telling its story.

Chosen from a longlist of 14 books by our jury: senior lecturer of Human Rights at Columbia University, Dr Jackie Dugard; Professor in Law and Islamic Studies, University of Galway, Roja Fazaeli; and Human Rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster, Geoffrey Robertson, KC, the shortlisted titles are as follows:

Foundation Founder, Christopher G. Moore says: 

“In an era marked by the impact of war and climate change upheaval, the six shortlisted authors have written books that focus the reader’s attention on the human rights issues caused by dislocation, repression and occupation, along with the dark side of modern technology used as an instrument of violence and terror.  

“From Sierra Leone to Gaza and Ukraine, these books will transport you to the inside of a world where ordinary lives are no longer protected by international human rights laws and where they and their children are forced to struggle against powerful forces which ignore their rights. 

“I urge all readers to read these six books for their insights, analysis, and relevance to a world less safe than it was when we announced last year's shortlist.”

The Jury commented: 

“It was indeed a privilege for us to have such a range of compelling and poignant stories to read when we were presented with the longlist.  As a jury, we were inspired by reading these books, each of which take the reader beyond what is examined in the media, to broaden and deepen their understanding of the sometimes horrific circumstances that many of our fellow global citizens live with every day. The quality of writing combined with experience in the field make this an excellent list.  It was very difficult to choose only 6….it may be almost impossible to single out one of this final group to be this year’s winner.”

The Moore Prize was established in 2015 to provide funds and recognition to authors who, through their work, contribute to the universality of human rights and to give a platform to human rights issues that are important in our current societies. This unique initiative is awarded annually, as chosen by a panel of judges whose own work focuses on human rights.

The winning book will be announced on Wednesday,10 January 2024.  The winner of the prize will receive £1000.

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