IRCT accepts Mignone Prize for Human Rights

The prize was awarded to IRCT Secretary-General, Brita Sydhoff, by Héctor Timerman, Argentina’s Minister for Foreign Affair. Photo by Presidencia de la República del Ecuador under the CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.

Last night, in the Argentine capital, IRCT Secretary-General Ms Brita Sydhoff collected the 2011 Emilio F Mignone International Human Rights Prize on behalf of the IRCT’s membership of some 150 centres around the world working for the rehabilitation of survivors of torture. The prize was awarded by Héctor Timerman, Argentina’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Established in 2007, the Emilio F. Mignone International Human Rights Prize grants recognition to foreign organisations or individuals fighting impunity against systemic violations of human rights. The prize is regarded as the region’s premier human rights prize.

In bestowing the prize the Minister explained that it was given for “The importance of the IRCT’s work with torture victims, and in the prevention and prohibition of torture in the world, as well as the seriousness with which the IRCT performs its work.”

The Argentine Minister also expressed his wish that in giving the prize to the IRCT, Argentina would “give visibility to the issue of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, at a time when Argentina is attempting to change entrenched practices that could constitute torture.”

Read the full story here (también en español).

We previously wrote about the award when we were notified, and we continue to be honoured and humbled by this award. Brita will return to Copenhagen Friday and will write a blog about her experiences in Argentina (she was able to travel and meet with government officials and NGOs during her time there), so keep a look out next week for that.

For Spanish speakers, there are also two stories in Argentine media about the award.

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