Robinson wins Spain's top prize for human rights

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8 June 2006, OVIEDO — Irish former president Mary Robinson was awarded the 2006 Prince of Asturias Prize for social sciences for her work on behalf of human rights in the world.

8 June 2006

OVIEDO — Irish former president Mary Robinson was awarded the 2006 Prince of Asturias Prize for social sciences for her work on behalf of human rights in the world.

The jury hailed the "moral fibre" of the prominent international jurist, who was U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights between 1997 and 2002 and currently heads a global project on sustainable development and the ethics of globalisation.

The jury also highlighted Robinson's commitment to "the most noble values" and her dedication to removing the obstacles that "prevent many from enjoying human rights ... to make a world without borders and with free men and women a reality".

Ireland's first female president, who governed from 1990 to 1997, Robinson also became the first woman to receive the Prince of Asturias Prize for Social Sciences in the award's 26-year history.

Among the 28 nominees from 13 countries were British sociologist Ralf Dahrendorf, U.S. economist Paul Anthony Samuelson and U.S. former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

Prize winners get a cash award of EUR 50,000 and a statuette designed by Spanish artist Joan Miro.

The Prince of Asturias awards are regarded as the Nobels of the Spanish-speaking world.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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