the 1990s a long civil war devastated Algeria - more than 150,000 people
lives in it. The Armed Islamic Groups went after the journalists, and
assassinated dozens of them. They had also edicted a fatwah sentencing
to death any non-Muslim foreigner who would be found on Algerian
Horrendous massacres were committed, targeting civilians. It was then
our campaign started, in 1997, in Algiers, of solidarity with the
Algerian people, supported by 68
Nobel laureates (among them Norman Borlaug, José Ramos-Horta,
Saül Bellow, Sir John Cornforth, Sir Aaron Klug, Ilya Prigogine,
François Jacob, Maurice Wilkins, Arno Penzias...). This Campaign was
widely relayed on the national radio and all of the printed media.
was widely published in the Algerian media, and broadcast on the
Algerian radio network.
13, 1998, cover page) : "58 Prix Nobel se prononcent contre l'intégrisme"
Khabar (April 14, 1998): "Messagers de paix et Nobel"
Watan (April 14, 1998) "58 Prix Nobel dénoncent le
Tribune (April 14, 1998) "des Nobel condamnent les
carnages commis en
Moudjahid (April 15, 1998, cover page) "le combat de
Liberté (April 15, 1998) "le
geste des Messageries de la Paix"
Soir d'Algérie (April 15, 1998) "mettre fin à la
Horizons (April 15, 1998) "58 Prix Nobel condamnent les actes de sauvagerie
commis en Algérie"
Moudjahid (April 16, 1998) "l'objectif est de lutter
contre la désinformation
Matin (April 16, 1998) "d'autres Nobel vont signer"
Nouvelle République (April 16, 1998) "on se démarque de
We are human beings.
Horrified by the slaughters in the name of
fundamentalism, we express our ultimate and universal reprobation
concerning all acts of bloody savagery committed by the armed groups
which terrorize Algeria. No political or religious speech, whatsoever,
can ever legitimate the massacre of innocents, the murder of a child,
the rape of a woman.
Mere scientists, researchers, and leaders devoted to the good of
mankind, without any exclusion in terms of belonging and creeds, we
want the whole people of Algeria to know about our deep emotion, and
utter solidarity, facing the trials they live through. Aware of their
daily courage, witnesses to the struggle of a people standing,
surviving, and resisting noiselessly, we humbly affirm our heartfelt
presence by their side.
Tell us what we can do for you, and how we can do it.
We are the members of the same human species. Let the will to live
prevail, free and fearless !
Norman Borlaug (USA, 1970), le Dalai Lama (Tibet,
1989), Pdt Gorbachev (Russia,
1990), Mairead Maguire (Ireland, 1976), Adolfo Pérez
Esquivel (Argentina, 1980), José Ramos-Horta (East-Timor,
Desmond Tutu (South Africa, 1984), Elie Wiesel (USA,
1986), Betty Williams (Ireland, 1976)
Bellow (USA, 1976), Claude Simon (France,
1985), Wole Soyinka (Nigeria, 1986)
Paul Boyer (USA, 1997), Herbert Brown (USA,
1979), Elias Corey (USA, 1990), Sir
John W. Cornforth (UK, 1975), Paul Crutzen (Netherlands,
1995), Robert Curl (USA, 1996), Manfred Eigen (Germany,
Richard Ernst (Switzerland, 1991), Ernst Otto Fischer (Germany,
Herbert Hauptman (USA, 1985), Dudley Herschbach (USA,
Hoffmann (Poland, 1981), Robert Huber (Germany,
1988), Jerome Karle (USA, 1985), Sir Aaron Klug (Lithuania,
1982), Sir Harold Kroto (UK, 1996), Jean-Marie Lehn (France,
Lipscomb (USA, 1976), Rudolph Marcus (Canada,
1992), Max Perutz (Austria, 1962), John Polanyi (Canada,
1986), Ilya Prigogine (Russia,
1977), Jens Skou (Denmark, 1997), Henry Taube (Canada,
Axelrod (USA, 1970), Baruj Benacerraf (Venezuela,
1980), Stanley Cohen (USA, 1986), Jean Dausset (France,
1980), Christian de
1974), Renato Dulbecco (Italy, 1975), Edmond Fischer (USA,
Roger Guillemin (France, 1977), François Jacob (France,
Kornberg (USA, 1959), Edwin Krebs (USA, 1992),
Ed Lewis (USA, 1995),
Cesar Milstein (Argentina, 1984), Daniel Nathans (USA,
Palade (Romania, 1974), Richard Roberts (UK,
Sharp (USA, 1993), Maurice Wilkins (UK,
Physics Nobels :
Bednorz (Germany, 1987), Nicolaas Bloembergen (Netherlands,
Arthur Schawlow (USA, 1981), Steven Chu (USA,
Cohen-Tannoudji (France, 1997), Jerome Friedman (USA,
1990), Klaus von
Klitzing (Germany, 1985), Arno Penzias (Germany,
Rohrer (Switzerland, 1986), Simon van der Meer (Netherlands,
Nobels : Gérard Debreu (France,
1983), Franco Modigliani (Italy, 1985), Herbert Simon (USA,
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