Wednesday 21 March 2018

Robinson nominated for peace prize

Barry Duggan

BURMESE pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson have both made the shortlist for an annual Irish peace award.

The Tipperary International Peace Award was founded in 1984 with the first recipient being the late Sean MacBride, one of the founders of Amnesty International.

The principal aim of the award is to give recognition to those who promote the ideals of peace and co-operation in Ireland and abroad.

The shortlist for the 2010 award is currently being considered by a panel of adjudicators known as the peace convention committee and a decision on the winner will be made over the next week.

Among those on the shortlist are former Irish President and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson and Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was released from detention last month.

Suu Kyi was awarded the Freewoman of Galway honour in 2005 and is to receive an official invite to this country to receive it.

Also on the shortlist for the Tipperary peace award is chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Dr Sima Samar.

The list also includes the Taiwanese Buddhist nun, Cheng Yen; the head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Gaza, John Ging; and Zimbabwe's prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Committee member Martin Quinn said the award winner would be announced on New Year's Day, which is World Day of Peace.

"The 2010 award will be presented at a special ceremony in Tipperary on a date to be announced in the New Year," Mr Quinn added.

Previous recipients of the Tipperary International Peace Award include former South African President Nelson Mandela; Live Aid organiser, Bob Geldof; former US president Bill Clinton; the late US senator Edward Kennedy; and his sister former US ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith.

Irish Independent

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