Ottawa, February 3, 2021 - On January 31, 2021, Professor Honor Ford-Smith of York University in Ontario, together with Professor Carole Boyce Davies of Cornell University in the United States, nominated the Henry Reeve Cuban Medical Brigade for the Nobel Peace Prize.
This nomination was submitted to the Nobel Committee on behalf of 20 personalities and academics from Canada, the U.S., the Caribbean and Africa, including renowned American political activist Angela Davis, Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at the University of California; Jamaican Judge, Patrick Lipton Robinson, member of the International Court of Justice; and the Honorable Samiah Nkrumah, daughter of former Ghanaian Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah.
In their letter of nomination, Professors Honor Ford-Smith and Carole Boyce Davies and the other signatories express that they add their voices to the many others around the world who have nominated Cuba's Henry Reeve International Brigades for the Nobel Peace Prize, as they embody the values and actions that support the just practice of solidarity work and a commitment to health and well-being of all human beings. They emphasize that these highly trained medical personnel, specialized in disaster situations and serious epidemics, have been fighting COVID-19 with their brigades in countries such as Angola, Italy, Suriname, Jamaica, Dominica, Belize, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela, Nicaragua and South Africa, and in some of these countries, they have reinforced the existing Cuban medical missions.
The promoters of this initiative also recognize that, despite U.S. sanctions against Cuba, Cuban medical brigades have risen to the challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to serve in any country in need of their services and, without a halt in the face of the challenges Cuba faces as a result of the long-standing U.S. blockade, continue to inspire and teach lessons that the world can learn from their work and spirit of solidarity.
Here you can find the full text of the letter sent to the Nobel Peace Prize Nomination Committee.
Embassy of Cuba in Canada