Asma Jahangir (Pakistan) - Laureate of the UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights 2010

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On 20 and 21 September 2010, the International Jury of the Prize, chaired by Ms Leila Zerrougui (Algeria), and composed of Professor Kinhide Mushakoji (Japan), Deputy Chair, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro (Brazil), Professor Nasila S. Rembe (South Africa), and Professor Janusz Symonides (Poland), met at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

Following the unanimous recommendation of the Jury, UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, has decided that:

The Laureate of the second UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights (2010) is Asma Jahangir (Pakistan).

The Award Ceremony took place on Friday, 10 December 2010 - Human Rights Day - at the Arab Auditorium of the City Hall of Bilbao, in Spain.

The Prize is awarded to Ms Asma Jahangir in recognition of her exceptional and courageous contribution to building a universal culture of human rights.

The Director-General of UNESCO underlined in a press release that the announcement of the award of the Prize to Asma Jahangir on 16 November - International Day for Tolerance - honours her commitment and important contribution to fostering interreligious and intercultural dialogue, tolerance, mutual understanding and cooperation for peace. Asma Jahangir is a determined advocate of using education as a means to eliminate the root causes of intolerance and discrimination.

Irina Bokova has also decided to award three Honourable Mentions to four non-governmental organizations in recognition of the importance of the contribution of civil society to building a universal culture of human rights, particularly in major areas that are of vital importance for the consolidation and advancing the respect for human rights in the world:

  • Corporation Villa Grimaldi Peace Park (Corporación Parque por la Paz Villa Grimaldi) (Chile)
    in recognition of its significant contribution to the universal culture of human rights that it made through its activities o preserve and promote the memory of lives and deaths of the detained and disappeared persons during the military dicatatorship (1973 – 1990) when the Villa Grimaldi served as the interrogation, detention and torture center for political prisoners. The Corporation Villa Grimaldi is commended for its work to promote truth, justice and the universal respect for human rights through information about past human rights violations, breaking down prejudices and discrimination, fostering human rights education by and through memory and promoting tolerance, reconciliation and respect for human dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms.
  • Foundation for a Culture of Peace (Fundación Cultura de Paz) (Spain)
    in recognition of its outstanding activities to build and consolidate a culture of peace. The Honourable Mention acknowledges and encourages its numerous actions aimed at putting into life the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 in the framework of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010) through reflection, research, education and mobilizing networks of institutions, organizations and individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to the values of the culture of peace based on the respect of human rights and in particular the right to peace.
  • “France Land of Asylum & International Federation Music Hope” (France terre d’asile & Fédération internationale Musique Espérance)
    for their struggle for the respect by all countries of international obligations to ensure all human rights of migrants and members of their families. Both organizations are commended for their joint activities, and in particular for the project “Music, a Bridge between Here and There”, aimed at promoting a culture of human rights through defending the rights of the migrants and other vulnerable individuals and groups, as well as advancing solidarity, respect for human dignity and cultural diversity.
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