Former US President Clinton receives human rights award
Posted : Oct 16th 2015 1:39pm by The Oslo Times
News Serial Number : TOT52
Storrs: Former US President Bill Clinton awarded with “Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights” for changing the global conversation on human rights, both during his presidency and afterward through his work with the Clinton Foundation.
Receiving the award Clinton said human rights are more important now than ever in an increasingly linked world where positive and negative forces are “bumping up against one another.”
The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center was created through a fundraising effort by his son to honor the elder Dodd's battles for human rights and his work as executive trial counsel at the Nuremberg Trials in 1945 and 1946. Dodd represented Connecticut in the U.S. Senate from 1959 until 1971.
The former president honored with the prize on Thursday as a co-winner of the prize with Tostan, an organization that employs more than 1,000 people to help African communities to address human rights issues and foster sustainable development.
Senegal-based Tostan, which is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, promotes literacy in rural areas and has helped 2 million people through education, health, and economic development.
The winners of the Dodd Prize, which is awarded every two years, receive $100,000.
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