Printer Friendly

Bilawal receives UN award for Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.

Byline: ANI

United Nations, Dec.11 (ANI): Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto has accepted an honorary United Nations prize conferred on his slain mother and former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

The 2008 United Nations Human Rights award was given to Bhutto for her services to poor human beings and in recognition of her courageous struggle for restoring democracy in Pakistan, The News reports.

Benazir Bhutto was among seven international personalities who were conferred with the honour this year.

The UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights, awarded by the General Assembly every five years, was presented this year at a ceremony in 192-member assembly hall, marking the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

Other winners of the prize are: Louise Arbour, a Canadian who was until recently U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ramsey Clark, veteran American human rights defender and rule of law advocate, Dr. Carolyn Gomes, co-founder of Jamaicans for Justice, Dr. Denis Mukwege, a Congolese who has been helping women and girl victims of sexual violence, and Human Rights Watch, an international watchdog.

Bhutto and Sr. Dorothy Stang-a Brazilian who defended the human rights of the poor, landless and indigenous populations-were awarded the prize posthumously.

The award is given to individuals and organizations in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Previous recipients have included Nelson Mandela, Amnesty International, Jimmy Carter, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King as well as Ra'ana Liaquat Ali Khan, wife of Pakistan's first Pakistani Prime Minister, who was also assassinated in Rawalpindi in the 1950s. (ANI)

Copyright 2008 Asian News International (ANI) - All Rights Reserved.

Provided by an company
COPYRIGHT 2008 Al Bawaba (Middle East) Ltd.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2008 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Asian News International
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Dec 11, 2008
Previous Article:UN panel designates four Pakistanis as terrorists.
Next Article:Prime Minister to open India Telecom 2008.

Related Articles
Presidency deplores publication of fictitious interview.
Bilawal visits BBs tomb, offers Fateha.
Naudero to host PPP CEC meeting on April 3.
PPP central bodies take stock of present situation.
UN team reaches Pakistan to probe into BB murder.
PAL awards for Shaheed Benazir, Peter Curman widely hailed.
Faryal Talpur addresses PPP Women Wing at Zardari House.
Dua for President Asif Ali Zardari on his birthday.
21st birthday of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari celebrated.
Bilawal Bhutto visits Mazar of martyrs.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters |