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Dhanapala wins Macbride Prize

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).

 

 

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