Human Rights Day 2010

The theme for Human Rights Day 2010 – 10 December – is "Human Rights' Defenders who act to end Discrimination". Human rights' defenders acting against discrimination, often at great personal risk to both themselves and their families, are being recognized and acclaimed. At this occasion, the UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights will be awarded to Asma Jahangir (Pakistan) in recognition of her exceptional and courageous contribution to building a universal culture of human rights. The Award Ceremony will take place in Bilbao (Spain).
Irina Bokova, 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.

The Director-General has also decided to award three Honourable Mentions to four Non-Governmental Organizations:
- Corporation Villa Grimaldi Peace Park (Corporación Parque por la Paz Villa Grimaldi) (Chile);
- Foundation for a Culture of Peace (Fundación Cultura de Paz) (Spain);
- "France Land of Asylum" (France terre d’asile) and "International Federation Music Hope" (Fédération internationale Musique Espérance).

The purpose of the UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights is to reward the efforts of institutions, organizations and individuals that have made a particularly important and effective contribution to the promotion of a culture of human rights at regional and international levels.


Type of Event Prize-giving ceremony
Start 10.12.2010 08:00 local time
End 10.12.2010 17:00 local time
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Focal point Zoubenko-Laplante, Irina
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Official Website Human Rights Day 2010 (website in English)
Link 1 UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights / Prix UNESCO/Bilbao pour la promotion d
Link 2 Press Release / Communiqué de presse
Link 3 Biography of Asma Jahangir / Biographie d’Asma Jahangir
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