Lisbet Palme

Lisbet Palme

Anna Lisbet Christina Palme, née Beck-Friis (born March 14, 1931) is a former chairman of UNICEF, educated as a child psychologist. She is the widow of late Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. They married on June 9, 1956.


She has been chairman of the Swedish UNICEF Committee since November 1986, [cite news |title=LISBET PALME, IN U.S., TALKS OF AN UNDIMMED VISION |url= |work=The New York Times |date=1987-04-27 |accessdate=2008-06-12 ] in which role she has campaigned against the sexual exploitation of children [cite news |title=SEXUAL EXPLOITATION IS UP, EXPERTS SAY |url= |work=Seattle Post-Intelligencer |date=1996-06-08 |accessdate=2008-06-12 ] and was a member of the Organisation of African Unity committee of investigation into the Rwandan genocide which reported its findings in 2000. [cite news |title=Africans say UN must pay for genocide |url= |work=The Guardian |date=2000-07-07 |accessdate=2008-06-12 ] She was world-wide chairman of UNICEF in 1990–91. [cite web |url= |title=Officers of the Executive Board, 1946-2006 |publisher=UNICEF |accessdate=2008-06-12 ]

Assassination of Olof Palme

Olof Palme was shot and killed in central Stockholm on February 28, 1986, while walking home with his wife after a late night movie - without bodyguards. Lisbet Palme was also injured in the shooting by a shot in her arm/shoulder.

Christer Pettersson was arrested in December 1988, identified by Mrs. Palme, with some hesitation, as the killer. Beforehand she had been informed that the suspected killer was a drug addict, and when confronted with Petterson in a line up, Mrs. Palme said "It's him. Anyone can see that he is a junkie." Fact|date=February 2008 Pettersson was tried and convicted of Palme's murder, but he was later acquitted on appeal to the High Court. Thus, Olof Palme's murder remains unsolved.


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