Geneva, 8 Nov. 2007. The International Peace
Bureau announced today that it will award the organisation's
annual Peace Prize to Jayantha Dhanapala, "a highly-respected
Sri Lankan diplomat, who has devoted his career to disarmament
and global justice". The award will be made during the
international seminar entitled Books or Bombs? Sustainable
Disarmament for Sustainable Development, to held in
collaboration with the Institute of Peace Studies at the
Bibliotheca Alexandrina from Nov. 11-12.
Every year the IPB awards a special prize to a
person or organisation that has done outstanding work for peace,
disarmament and/or human rights. These were the principal
concerns of Sean MacBride, the distinguished Irish statesman who
was Chairman of IPB from 1968-74 and President from 1974-1985.
MacBride began his career as a fighter against British colonial
rule, studied law and rose to high office in the independent
Irish Republic. He was a winner of the Lenin Peace Prize, and
also the Nobel Peace Prize (1974).