Ramsey Clark receives UN Human Rights Award 2008
International Action Center founder Ramsey Clark, a former US Attorney General
and internationally renown human rights defender, received the respected United
Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights on the 60th Anniversary of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights at United Nations Headquarters in New
York on 10 December 2008.
The announcement of the award was presented by the President of the General
Assembly, Miguel d´Escoto Brockmann, who is one of the five members of the
selection committee. The award is made every five years to five human rights
defenders whose life's work has been outstanding. It is presented on
December 10, International Human Rights Day, every five years
At the UN Press Conference after accepting the award, Ramsey Clark emphasized
the UN's role in ensuring world peace reminding journalists that “The
greatest threat to human rights is war.”
The award is given to individuals and organizations in recognition of their
outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights and
fundamental freedoms. Previous recipients have included Nelson Mandela,
Amnesty International, Jimmy Carter, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Reverend Dr. Martin
Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto said “As we mark the 60th
anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we acknowledge the
tireless work and invaluable contribution of these individuals and
organizations that have fought to see the rights and freedoms embodied in this
historic document become a reality for people in all corners of the
“These awardees constitute symbols of persistence, valour and tenacity in
their resistance to public and private authorities that violate human rights.
They constitute a moral force to put an end to systematic human rights
The UN announcement described Ramsey Clark as “a veteran human rights
defender and rule of law advocate, played a key role in the civil rights and
peace movements in the US, and more recently has spoken out against abuses
committed in the name of “counter-terrorism.”
The International Action Center, founded by Ramsey Clark in 1992 is known
internationally for its major role in the anti-war movement in the U.S. and its
actions in the forefront of extending solidarity to countries and peoples
facing U.S. attack and threats.
The many activists and the large all-volunteer staff of the International
Action Center along with hundreds of people who have worked with him over many
years extend their enthusiastic congratulations to Ramsey Clark for his
tireless and courageous efforts. This United Nations Human Rights Award is well
We remain committed to solidarity with peoples and countries under U.S. attack.
We are determined to continue developing ever wider opposition to U.S. policies
of endless war, expanding militarism, racism and growing poverty for millions.
Si se puede!