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Thursday 28 August 2014

France to honour Mary Lawlor for human rights stand

Allison Bray

Published 28/06/2014 | 02:30

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Mary Lawlor,Executive Director of Front Line Defenders. Photo: Tom Burke.
Mary Lawlor,Executive Director of Front Line Defenders. Photo: Tom Burke.

HUMAN rights activist Mary Lawlor who founded Front Line Defenders, is to receive France's highest honour for service to the State and humanity in general.

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The CEO of the Dublin-based human-rights organisation will be presented with the prestigious Order of Chevalier of the Legion of Honour by French Ambassador to Ireland Jean-Pierre Thebault at a reception at the French embassy on Thursday. It is the most prestigious honour conferred by the French Government.

Ms Lawlor, who established Human Rights Defenders in 2001 with a start-up donation of $3m (€2.2m) from the businessman and Front Line Defenders chairman Denis O'Brien, is being honoured for her commitment to upholding human rights around the world.

"Francophone and francophile Ms Mary Lawlor defends the values of humanity and respect, which are shared by both France and Ireland," said a spokesman for the embassy.

Irish Independent

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