Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The American Society of International Law Human Rights Interest Group is planning to nominate an individual or organization to receive the 2008 UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights. It seeks suggestions by Friday, July 11, 2008.
The United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights was instituted by the General Assembly in 1966 (Res. 2217/XXI of 19 December 1966), and was awarded for the first time on 10 December 1968 on the occasion of the commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Thereafter, the prize has been awarded in 1973, 1978, 1988, 1993, 1998 and then in 2003.
The prize is honorary in nature and is awarded approximately every five years to individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of human rights.
A special committee selects the laureates. This committee is composed of the President of the General Assembly, the President of the Economic and Social Council, the Presidents of the Human Rights Council, the Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women and Chairman of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee.
The Prize is an opportunity not only to give public recognition to the achievements of the awardees themselves and to a send a clear message to human rights defenders that the international community supports their efforts to promote all human rights for all.
Hat tip to Prof. Professor John Cerone, Director, Center for International Law & Policy, New England School of Law