Rigoberta Menchú Tum

UNESCO
Mrs Rigoberta Menchú Tum during the working session at UNESCO Headquarters

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum was appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in June 1996, in recognition of her actions for the protection of indigenous societies.

The fight of Rigoberta Menchú Tum, who tirelessly denounced the human rights violations in Guatemala in the 1980s, was crowned by the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992. The symbolic strength of this award greatly contributed to the completion of the peace negotiations that ended 36 years of war in December 1996.

As Chairperson of the Indigenous Initiative for Peace, she championed the protection of the political, social and cultural rights of indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities.

In her capacity as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, she contributed to the promotion of the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (1995-2004).

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