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Global stars come together to back Syria’s White Helmets for Nobel Peace Prize 

Thursday 15th September 2016 — Some of the biggest names in arts and entertainment have joined leading politicians and thought leaders to support the nomination of a Syrian rescue group known as the “White Helmets” for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Alicia Keys, Ben Affleck, Daniel Craig, George Clooney, Justin Timberlake and Michelle Yeoh are amongst the roll call of public figures who have today endorsed the nomination. They join over 130,000 people worldwide who have also supported the Syrian volunteers.

The White Helmets are a volunteer rescue group who rush towards the scene of airstrikes and other emergencies in Syria, helping rescue people from the rubble. They are from all walks of life, including former carpenters, bakers and construction workers and have saved over 60,000 lives.

Public figures from Norway to Mexico who have pledged their support for the White Helmets’ Nobel Peace Prize nomination include Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alfonso Cuarón, Andy Serkis, Aziz Ansari, Bear Grylls, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Martin, Damon Albarn, Daniel Day Lewis, Dave Eggers, Edward Norton, Guy Berryman, Isla Fisher, Joe Wright, Joel Kinnaman, Jonny Buckland, Karl Ove Knausgård, Linn Ullmann, Marjane Satrapi, Michael Palin, Miles Teller, Padma Lakshmi, Ridley Scott, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Dr Rowan Williams, Sacha Baron Cohen, Thandie Newton, Will Champion, Vanessa Redgrave, Zoe Saldana.

Responding to the news of this worldwide show of support, the head of the White Helmets Raed Saleh said:

“For international stars to stand next to the White Helmets’ humanitarian cause raises the spirits of all people doing this work. It will help our lifesaving work spread across the world and will also help the morale of civilians suffering inside Syria.

“These public figures have given a huge morale boost to the volunteers of the White Helmets. We deeply appreciate this support and remain determined to rescue as many souls as possible and create the opportunity for peace. This is our mission.

Anna Nolan, Director of The Syria Campaign said:

“Every day the White Helmets wake up to save lives that others are trying so hard to take. Having the support of so many high-profile figures is a huge boost to the White Helmet volunteers who are being targeted for their humanitarian work. It is a testament to the work of the White Helmets that the people who play heroes in the movies, stand by the world’s real life heroes.”



Here is the full list of public figures who have endorsed the nomination:

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Alfonso Cuarón

Alicia Keys, artist/activist

Andrew Mitchell, UK Member of Parliament

Andy Serkis, actor/director

Anne McLaughlin, UK Member of Parliament

Annika Rabo, Stockholm University

Aziz Ansari

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout

Ben Affleck, filmmaker

Chiwetel Ejiofor, actor

Chris Martin, musician

Damon Albarn, musician

Daniel Craig, actor and UNMAS Goodwill Ambassador

Daniel Day Lewis, actor

Daniel Hopkins, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Dave Eggers, author

Dr Rowan Williams, Former Archbishop of Canterbury

Edward Norton, actor and UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity

Fred Kempe, Atlantic Council

George Clooney

Glenys Kinnock, Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead

Guy Berryman, musician

Isla Fisher, actor

Jeff Smith, UK Member of Parliament

Jo Cox, UK Member of Parliament

Joe Wright, director

Joel Kinnaman, actor

John Shattuck, Rector of the Central European University

Jonny Buckland, musician

Justin Timberlake, entertainer

Karl Ove Knausgård, author

Linn Ullman, novelist

Marjane Satrapi, director, writer and illustrator

Michael Palin, actor, writer and traveller

Michael Williams, Chatham House

Michelle Yeoh, actor and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador

Miles Teller, actor

Padma Lakshmi, host and author

Philip S Khoury, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Ridley Scott, director and producer

Roger Godsiff, UK Member of Parliament

Rodrigo y Gabriela, musicians

Sacha Baron Cohen, actor, comedian and screenwriter

Thandie Newton, actor

Wendy Chamberlin, Middle East Institute

Will Champion, musician

Vanessa Redgrave

Zoe Saldana, actress


– Public petition in support of the White Helmets Nomination which has gathered over 130,000 signatures:

– The White Helmets were formally nominated for the Nobel Peace prize by a number of high profile figures including the slain British MP Jo Cox.