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UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for Suu Kyi

Paris Oct. 5. Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar has been named laureate of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence, by the UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, on the unanimous recommendation of an international jury.

The Jury, presided by Nasser El-Ansary, Director-General of the Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris), declared: "Aung San Suu Kyi was the laureate of the 1991 Nobel (Peace) Prize for having attempted to establish democracy in Myanmar.

An international symbol of peaceful resistance to oppression, she is still pursuing her non-violent struggle for democracy and tolerance in Myanmar.''

The jury also decided to attribute five Honourable Mentions, including a posthumous one to the late American journalist, Daniel Pearl, "who lost his life for seeking to denounce all forms of injustice.''

The Wall Street Journal reporter was murdered by his kidnappers after he was abducted on January 23 this year in Karachi (Pakistan), while investigating Muslim fundamentalist networks.

A second posthumous Honourable Mention was attributed to nine journalists killed in Afghanistan in the exercise of their profession in November 2001: Johanne Sutton (France, Radio France Internationale), Pierre Billaud (France, RTL), Volker Handloik (Germany, Stern), Ken Hechtman (Canada, Montreal Mirror), Ulf Stromberg (Sweden, TV4), Maria Grazia Cutuli (Italy, Corriere della Sera), Harry Burton (Australia, Reuters), Azizullah Haidar (Afghanistan, Reuters) et Julio Fuentes (Spain, El Mundo).

Honour for Ramakrishna Mission

Simon Wiesenthal and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, in Austria, received the third Honourable Mention "for their denunciation of the crimes committed by the Nazis during the Second World War and their work in education for tolerance and non-violence."

The fourth Honourable Mention was given to the Ramakrishna Mission (India) "for its unrelenting efforts to promote the principles of tolerance and non-violence in assisting disadvantaged groups.'' The fifth was given to Kids Can Free the Children (Canada), "a youth network which transforms children into local and international peace activists.''

The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence will be presented in a ceremony at the Organisation Headquarters on November 16, International Day for Tolerance, which is also the anniversary of UNESCO's foundation.

The $100,000 prize is dedicated to advancing the spirit of tolerance in the arts, education, culture, science and communication. It is awarded every two years to an individual or an institution for exceptional contributions in the field of tolerance promotion.

The prize was created in 1995 thanks to the generosity of the Indian writer and diplomat, Madanjeet Singh, who is also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.

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