Thursday, December 04, 2008

Former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Louise Arbour Winner of UN Human Rights Prize

The Honourable Madam Justice Louise Arbour, who was a judge at the Supreme Court of Canada from 1999 to 2004, has been named one of the recipients of the 2008 United Nations Human Rights Prize.

Madam Arbour also served as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2004 until 2008 and as Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, in which capacity she indicted former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic for crimes against humanity and war crimes.

5 other individuals as well the NGO Human Rights Watch are also recipients of this year's prize.

The UN General Assembly established the prize 40 years ago. It recognizes "outstanding achievements in the field of human rights."

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in New York on 10 December to mark the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 1:06 pm


Blogger Wendy Reynolds said...

Given the controversy Mm. Arbour has had to endure (and the lack of support from Canada generally), this is a nice vindication of the battles she fought.

8:45 am  

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