Robinson chosen for UNESCO's Peace prize

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An international jury Tuesday chose Mary Robinson, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Ireland, as the laureate of the 2000 Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize for her "great contribution to the defence of human rights.
" A UNESCO press release said former US Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Henry Kissinger presided over the jury.
Kissinger announced the choice of the jury, saying the decision was "unanimous and enthusiastic".
He gave the floor to jury member Mario Soares, former President of Portugal, who said, "Mary Robinson was chosen for the ensemble of her activity.
" "She has shown much courage for the cause of human rights and peace.
She has carried out remarkable work in difficult situations and has travelled the world for the cause of human rights which is essential for peace," Soares added.
The time and venue of the ceremony, at which the 800,000 French franc Prize, peace diploma and medal will be awarded will be determined after consultations with the laureate, UNESCO said.
The Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize was created in 1989 and is awarded by UNESCO annually.
It honours people, organisations and institutions, which have contributed significantly to the promotion, research, safeguarding or maintaining of peace, mindful of the Charter of the United Nations and the Constitution of UNESCO.
The prize is named after the first President of Cote d'Ivoire.
The international jury of the prize that is composed of jurists, elder statesmen and former heads of state and Nobel Peace Prize laureates, last year honoured the Community of Sant'Egidio.

29 may 2001 15:57:00

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