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Two activists win 2014 Prize for promoting tolerance, non-violence

15 Nov 2014

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Two grassroots peace-builders and human rights activists are the winners of a UN prize promoting tolerance and non-violence.

Ibrahim Ag Idbaltanat from Mali and Francisco Javier Estevez Valencia from Chile will share a US$100,000 award.

Mr Idbaltanat has worked for years for the peaceful settlement of conflicts in the northern regions of Mali between sedentary and nomadic populations.

He has also fought social inequality to end the descent-based slavery among Tuareg communities.

Meanwhile, under the dictatorship of Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, Mr Valencia became one of the leaders of the democratic resistance.

He also made a significant contribution to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the South American country and has organized a campaign to help abolish the death penalty.

A ceremony is taking place to honour the two laureates at the UN Cultural Agency in Paris on Saturday, which coincides with the International Day for Tolerance.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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