OIF sets up human rights, peace, democracy prize

Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) Tuesday said it had set up a prize to celebrate democracy, human rights and peace in the world.
According to Christine Desouches, the OIF's representative for democracy and human rights, the new prize will reward any individual or organisation that has significantly contributed to the protection of human rights and the promotion of democracy and peace.
"This prize, as modest as it is, will be a token of the Francophonie member states' shared commitment to democracy, human rights, and peace," Desouches told PANA.
"This is a broad topic that we will try to fine-tune with the eminent personalities that have always been supporting us," Desouches said after the closing of a symposium on democratic practices, human rights and public freedoms in the French-speaking world.
Some 300 participants from 63 OIF member states and governments attended the conference, which ended with the adoption of a Bamako Declaration calling for preventive diplomacy to avert the threats on world peace and stability.

08 november 2005 20:47:00




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