US Missionary Murdered in Brazil Gets UN Human Rights Prize

US missionary Dorothy Stang Dorothy Stang, an American nun murdered in Brazil three years ago and the slain Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto are among the recipients of a United Nations prize, awarded for outstanding work in the field of human rights, the General Assembly President has just announced.

Sister Stang of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur defended the human rights of the poor, landless and indigenous populations of the Anapu region of Brazil, in the northern state of Pará, for nearly 40 years, despite numerous death threats.

She worked with farmers to help rebuild their livelihoods, cultivate their land and defend their rights from loggers and ranchers, becoming a symbol of the fight to preserve the rainforest before being murdered in 2005.

Previous recipients of the UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights have included Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter and Amnesty International in recognition of their contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

This year's winners are Louise Arbour, Ramsey Clark, Carolyn Gomes, Denis Mukwege, and Human Rights Watch, as well as Benazir Bhutto and Dorothy Stang, who are being honored posthumously.

"As we mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we acknowledge the tireless work and invaluable contribution of these individuals and organizations that have fought to see the rights and freedoms embodied in this historic document become a reality for people in all corners of the world," said Assembly President Miguel D'Escoto.

"These awardees constitute symbols of persistence, valor and tenacity in their resistance to public and private authorities that violate human rights. They constitute a moral force to put an end to systematic human rights violations," Mr. D'Escoto said in a press release issued today.

The human rights prize was first awarded on 10 December 1968 on the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is awarded every five years to coincide with the date. This year's award winners will receive their prize at a plenary meeting of the General Assembly 60 years after the landmark document was signed.

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  • forrest allen brown

    AND FOR OUR NEXT TRICK
    the cardinal of brasil will forgive the ones who kild her

    but still no justice in brasil you need a bunch of islamic
    terroist in nyour country to see how it feel to be done that
    way just because you are from another part of the world
    or belive in god.

    but let us all remeber they are not all bad people

  • ch.c.

    Yeahhhh !
    And in Brazil who got the medal and the honors !

    The murderers are FREE and one of them will even get ELECTED !!!!!!

    Hip…hip…Lula, hip…hip Lula !

    Brazil is a real human tragedy, a shame to humanity !

    Be proud ! Continue caressing your navel…with your Brazilian Model….you are dreaming to export the World Over !

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