Friday, February 04, 2011

Human Rights: Prestigious World Peace Prize Recipients Announced

The World Peace Prize is a prestigious award presented by the World Peace Corps Mission, an international Evangelical missionary organization that operates according to the core spirit of advancing peace, justice and inter-religious collaborations. Past recipients include President Ronald Reagan of the United States; President Abdurrahman Wahid of Indonesia; President Kuniwo Nakamura of Palau; Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of the Republic of Ethiopia; Hon. Peter Lewis, speaker of the South Australian House of Assembly; Hon. Young Jin Kim, ranking member of the Korean National Assembly; and Colonel Samuel J.T. Boone, Chaplain of the United States Army.

Awards will be presented April 2011 in the Capitol of the United States (date to be announced).

2010 Awardees:

H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III recognized for his selfless devotion to a wide scope of healing and rescue-relief activities directed at people from communities throughout the world. His wisdom and benevolence embrace all races, ethnicities, cultures and religions: bringing kindness, peace and equality to all. Wherever he goes, His Holiness brings unity amongst people through his own humility and compassion. His Holiness is also a distinguished artist. Through his teachings and practices, art and poetry, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has pointed out a bright path of non-violence, charity and love for humanity. His Holiness has been the recipient of numerous awards including the United States Presidential Gold Award for his outstanding contributions to arts, medicine, ethics, Buddhism and spiritual leadership, and to American society.

Hon. Benjamin A. Gilman recognized for being a life-long champion of human rights: fighting world hunger, narcotic abuse and trafficking. He has made many successful efforts to bring about "prisoner exchanges" which resulted in freedom of American citizens in East Germany, Mozambique, Cuba and several other nations. Congressman Gilman served 15 terms in the U.S. Congress. While in Congress, he has served as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and as Congressional delegate to the United Nations with title of Ambassador, and later the Ukrainian Famine Commission and Vice Chairman of the committee on POW's. Mr. Gilman has been the recipient of numerous honors including the President's Certificate of Outstanding Achievement "for continued, demonstrated vision, initiative, and leadership in the effort to achieve a world without hunger."

SOURCE World Peace Prize Awarding Council