John Lennon birthday grants awarded

Yoko Ono honours those who strive for peace

Yoko Ono has awarded the annual Lennon Ono grants to two organisations advocating peace and harmony.

The recipients of the grant, awarded on what would have been John Lennon’s 66th birthday, are Medecins Sans Frontieres and the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Speaking to BBC NEWS, Ono said the recipients of the award “look beyond today’s conflict and destruction and envision a positive future for your society.”


The grants were introduced by Ono in 2002, when Israeli Zvi Goldstein and Palestinian Khalil Rabah were honoured.

Medecins Sans Frontieres was formed in 1971 and provides humanitarian aid to war-torn or disadvantaged regions, while the Center for Constitutional Rights is a non-profit group that seeks to uphold human rights in the United States.

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