UN / HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE WINNERS

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The President of the General Assembly, Csaba Kőrösi, announced the winners of the prestigious United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights for 2023. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 20 JULY 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

20 JULY 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly spokesperson Paulina Kubiak at the podium
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Paulina Kubiak, Spokesperson, General Assembly President:
“The President of the General Assembly, Csaba Kőrösi, today announced the winners of this prestigious prize. The five winners are: the Human Rights Centre “Viasna”, in Belarus; Ms. Julienne Lusenge, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo; the Amman Centre for Human Rights Studies, in Jordan; Mr. Julio Pereyra, from Uruguay; and the Global Coalition of Civil Society Organizations, Indigenous Peoples, Social Movements and Local Communities for the universal recognition of the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.”
5. Wide shot, Kubiak at the podium
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Paulina Kubiak, Spokesperson, General Assembly President:
“The Members of the Special Committee acknowledge the important role human rights defenders and activists play and wish to convey their admiration for their courage and dedication while strongly condemning any attempts to silence and intimidate them. They express, in particular, their deep solidarity to those who are detained in retaliation to their work in defending human rights and pursuing the implementation of all the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, whose 75th anniversary we mark this year. The Special Committee calls on all Member States to release all human rights defenders held in detention.”
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The President of the General Assembly, Csaba Kőrösi, today (20 Jul) announced the winners of the prestigious United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights for 2023.

The winners, spokesperson Paulina Kubiak told journalists in New York, are “the Human Rights Centre “Viasna”, in Belarus; Ms. Julienne Lusenge, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo; the Amman Centre for Human Rights Studies, in Jordan; Mr. Julio Pereyra, from Uruguay; and the Global Coalition of Civil Society Organizations, Indigenous Peoples, Social Movements and Local Communities for the universal recognition of the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.”

Kubiak said the Members of the Special Committee tasked with choosing the winners “acknowledge the important role human rights defenders and activists play and wish to convey their admiration for their courage and dedication while strongly condemning any attempts to silence and intimidate them.”

She said they expressed “their deep solidarity to those who are detained in retaliation to their work in defending human rights and pursuing the implementation of all the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, whose 75th anniversary we mark this year.”

The Special Committee, Kubiak added, called on all Member States “to release all human rights defenders held in detention.”

Established by the General Assembly in 1966, the Prize was awarded for the first time in 1968 on what is now known as Human Rights Day, 10 December.

The recipients of the Prize were chosen by the Special Committee from more than 400 nominations received from Member States, the UN system, and civil society. The Committee is chaired by the President of the General Assembly, and its members include the President of the Economic and Social Council, the President of the Human Rights Council, the Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women and the Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Human Rights Council. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) provided support to the special committee.

The award ceremony for the 2023 Prize will take place at UN Headquarters in New York in December 2023, as part of activities to commemorate Human Rights Day. The exact date of the ceremony will be announced in due course.
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