On 3 February, 2013, Julian Assange will receive the Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award in absentia. Each year, Yoko Ono chooses recipients to honor their work as an expression of courage. Last year, Ono decided to honor courage in the Arts.

I realized that an artist seeking to tell the truth in her art takes great courage, too. A musician who sticks to his form of music, no matter how unpopular, is courage. I knew to stand up against hatred and prejudice, discrimination and racism as an artist, and that needed courage. – Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Awards for 2012

WikiLeaks tweeted that Michael Ratner and Judge Garzon will accept the award on Assange’s behalf.