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Sweden 2017: making statements with Loreen ahead of Andra Chansen

ON THE SPOT: LIVE FROM LINKÖPING

SWEDEN – The oikotimes.com Linköping editors met up with Loreen in Linköping to discuss Statements and her motivations. On November 30, 2016, it was revealed that Loreen will compete in Melodifestivalen 2017 with the song “Statements” for a chance to represent Sweden again at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. On February 25th, 2017 she qualified to Second Chance.

Political Activism

During the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, Loreen was the only entrant to meet local human rights activists. She later told reporters that “human rights are violated in Azerbaijan every day. One should not be silent about such things.” An Azerbaijan government spokesman responded critically, saying the contest should not “be politicised” and requested that the EBU prevent such meetings. Swedish diplomats replied that the EBU, Swedish TV and Loreen had not acted against the competition’s rules. In July 2012, Loreen performed at Slavianski Bazaar in Belarus, where Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko was in attendance. During her visit to the country, she met with the wife of political prisoner Ales Bialiatski, Viasna representatives and independent journalists, and in a two-hour meeting expressed her support of political prisoners and signed the petition to ban the death penalty in the country. Loreen later stated she was fully aware of the risks coming with “speaking out,” including the possibility of being stopped or arrested at the airport when trying to return home.

In August 2013, she was the ambassador of the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan and she visited Kabul, Afghanistan, and the village Yaskin Bala in Warsaj Valley with Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden. Next year, the construction of a new primary school will start in the village and the plan is that Loreen will come back and follow the work of the new school until it is constructed. “It was a great experience to meet the people of Warsaj in Yaskin Bala, both men and women. I hope to come back soon and meet my friends again,” says Loreen, “Education is the most important issue, when it comes to decrease poverty and to help people taking control over their own lives,” says Loreen, “I am very impressed of what SCA is doing in Afghanistan. To me, this is the right way of development efforts. I am happy to be committed in that work.” For her work, Loreen was announced new patron of the World’s Children’s Prize in New York City, USA, and received the Crystal Globe. On 30 October 2014, she won the World’s Children’s Prize’s Crystal Globe for the second time and met with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and Queen Silvia of Sweden in a ceremony at the Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred, Sweden. She wants to support the WCP—the world’s largest educational programs for children about children’s rights. (source: http://www.wikipedia.org)

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