Saturday, 5 March 2011

Argentina: Congratulations to the Grandmothers

Congratulations to the Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, who have been awarded the 2010 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize from UNESCO for their “tireless battle for human rights and peace by standing up to oppression, injustice and impunity.”
“With all my heart I congratulate the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and their president Estela Carlotto,” said the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova. “Their ceaseless effort has made it possible for a hundred young people to rediscover their true identities, thereby setting right a flagrant injustice. This is an inspiring example of the defense of human rights.”

Hear, hear. I'm sure the US$150,000 prize money will be put to very good use and will hopefully enable a few more grandchildren to be found.

Argentina's Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo awarded UNESCO peace prize (UN News Centre)
Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo receive Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize (UNESCO)