UN Honours Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu For His Contribution To Human Rights

viagra approved geneva;”>Sheikh Mohamud Sheikh Hussein was shot and killed a day after his inauguration by three men armed with pistols in the regional capital, Beletweyne.

AMISOM Force Commander Lt. General Andrew Gutti sent his condolences to the family and friends of the assassinated leader as well as to the people of Hiiraan.

“This was an attack aimed at derailing the efforts of the Somali people to recover from the years of anarchy and to establish legitimate local governance,” he said.

“AMISOM stands ready to assist the Somali Federal Government and Somali Police Force in their efforts to bring the perpetrators of this atrocious act to justice,” he added.

The Force Commander, who on Sunday visited Beletweyne to inspect the newly deployed AMISOM troops, reaffirmed AMISOM’s commitment to helping the Somali National Security Forces build up their capacity to secure the region.

“We have recently deployed more Djibouti troops serving under AMISOM to boost security and to help train our Somali counterparts,” he said.

AMISOM has been helping to train the core of a rejuvenated national army and police force for Somalia.

order geneva; color: #000000;”>Mr. Tutu was selected to receive this year’s UNESCO/Bilbao Prize, for “the outstanding role he played in building the new democratic, non-racial South Africa and his invaluable contribution as Chairperson of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to national reconstruction which became a model for other post-conflict societies,” the agency said in a news release.

The Prize recognizes his activism, particularly with young people, to promote non-violence and oppose all forms of discrimination and injustice.

The jury also stressed Mr. Tutu’s contribution to the work of the UN on various human rights issues, including the promotion of a culture of human rights.

Mr. Tutu will be formally awarded the prize on 10 December, which is observed globally as Human Rights Day, by UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, at the agency’s headquarters in Paris. The Mayor of Bilbao, Iñaki Azkuna, will also be in attendance.

During the ceremony, the 80 singers of the Choir Invisible, Desmond and Leah Tutu Choir for Peace, UK, will perform a capella compositions inspired by South African gospel and soul music to lyrics by Archbishop Tutu.

The UNESCO/Bilbao Prize is given out every two years and is funded by a donation from the Spanish city. It succeeded the UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education that was set up 30 years ago. The Prize includes a $30,000 cheque, a diploma and a bronze trophy designed by Japanese artist Toshimi Ishii.

The prize was first awarded to Stéphane Hessel, a French human rights advocate, in 2008.

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