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Global March Against Child Labour receiving 25th International Alfonso Comín Award

 

Global March Against Child Labour has been proposed as a candidate to receive the 25th International Alfonso Comín Award for its active efforts to end child labour, condemning systems that require children to work, both at the global, national and regional levels, and exerting pressure to achieve political changes and jointly developing policies and actions to achieve a unified response to child labour, illiteracy and poverty.

 

The Alfonso Comín Foundation grants an international award every year to individuals or groups of people who have been prominent in their struggle for justice, freedom, peace and human rights. Over the years the award has been given to the Nicaraguan People through its Chancel lor Miguel d'Escoto (1984), Father José Mª de Llanos S.J. (Madrid) engaged in the struggle on behalf of the poor (1985). It was also awarded to Nelson Mandelawhen he was still in prison and received on his behalf by a family member and the representative of the African Congress in Europe (1986). Other recipients have beenLeonardo Boff (Brazil), liberation theologian (1987), the Palestinan People, and as a worthy representative of its cause, the former mayor of Nablus, Bassam Al-Shaakaa (1988), the University of Central-America in San Salvador and its rector Ignacio Ellacuría S.J., murdered in El Salvador together with five Jesuits and two women ten days after receiving the award in Barcelona (1989),Alexander Dubcek, Prague Spring leader (1990), the innocent victims from the Irak People during the so-called Gulf War (1991), Pedro Casaldàliga, bishop of São Félix do Araguaia, Mato Grosso, Brazil (1992), the Bosnian city of Tuzla and the editors and employees of the Oslobedenje newspaper in Sarajevo (1993), the displaced children of the Sudan war (1994). Abbé Pierre (Paris), founder of Emaús Ragpickers (1995), Salima Ghezali, Algerine chief editor of the weekly, "La Nation" (1996),Vandana Shiva, Indian scientist committed to the ecologist and feminist movements of her country (1997),Sola Sierra, chairwoman of the Association of Families of the Detained-Disappeared of Chile (1998), the Kurdish people (1999), the "Andalucía Acoge" Pro-Foreign Immigrant Federation (2000), the Landless Workers' Movement (MST) of Brazil (2001), The Jerusalem Link(2002), Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) (2003), SOA Watch (2004), Chema Caballero (2005), Gregorio López Raimundo and José María Díez-Alegría (2006) and the Iraqi Maha Al-Hadeethi(2007). The International Alfonso Comín Award is a prestigious award both nationally and internationally.

 

The award ceremony for this Award is held in the Salón de Ciento of the City Council of Barcelona and will be presided over by the mayor of the City. In the ceremony, a speech presenting the award will be given by a person designated by the Foundation, followed by another speech given by the person receiving the award. Theaward is sponsored by the City Council. This year is a particularly special occasion for the Foundation as it celebrates the 25th Award along with 25 years since the Foundation was first founded.

 

The International Alfonso Comín award ceremony is an open event with an attendance of around 500 that is widely reported in media by radio, television and newspapers. In addition, interviews are held every year with the person or organization receiving the award.

 

Global March Against Child Labour has been proposed as a candidate to receive the 25th International Alfonso Comín Award for its active efforts to end child labour, condemning systems that require children to work, both at the global, national and regional levels, and exerting pressure to achieve political changes and jointly developing policies and actions to achieve a unified response to child labour, illiteracy and poverty.

 

The Alfonso Comín Foundation grants an international award every year to individuals or groups of people who have been prominent in their struggle for justice, freedom, peace and human rights. Over the years the award has been given to the Nicaraguan People through its Chancel lor Miguel d'Escoto (1984), Father José Mª de Llanos S.J. (Madrid) engaged in the struggle on behalf of the poor (1985). It was also awarded to Nelson Mandelawhen he was still in prison and received on his behalf by a family member and the representative of the African Congress in Europe (1986). Other recipients have beenLeonardo Boff (Brazil), liberation theologian (1987), the Palestinan People, and as a worthy representative of its cause, the former mayor of Nablus, Bassam Al-Shaakaa (1988), the University of Central-America in San Salvador and its rector Ignacio Ellacuría S.J., murdered in El Salvador together with five Jesuits and two women ten days after receiving the award in Barcelona (1989),Alexander Dubcek, Prague Spring leader (1990), the innocent victims from the Irak People during the so-called Gulf War (1991), Pedro Casaldàliga, bishop of São Félix do Araguaia, Mato Grosso, Brazil (1992), the Bosnian city of Tuzla and the editors and employees of the Oslobedenje newspaper in Sarajevo (1993), the displaced children of the Sudan war (1994). Abbé Pierre (Paris), founder of Emaús Ragpickers (1995), Salima Ghezali, Algerine chief editor of the weekly, "La Nation" (1996),Vandana Shiva, Indian scientist committed to the ecologist and feminist movements of her country (1997),Sola Sierra, chairwoman of the Association of Families of the Detained-Disappeared of Chile (1998), the Kurdish people (1999), the "Andalucía Acoge" Pro-Foreign Immigrant Federation (2000), the Landless Workers' Movement (MST) of Brazil (2001), The Jerusalem Link(2002), Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) (2003), SOA Watch (2004), Chema Caballero (2005), Gregorio López Raimundo and José María Díez-Alegría (2006) and the Iraqi Maha Al-Hadeethi(2007). The International Alfonso Comín Award is a prestigious award both nationally and internationally.

 

The award ceremony for this Award is held in the Salón de Ciento of the City Council of Barcelona and will be presided over by the mayor of the City. In the ceremony, a speech presenting the award will be given by a person designated by the Foundation, followed by another speech given by the person receiving the award. Theaward is sponsored by the City Council. This year is a particularly special occasion for the Foundation as it celebrates the 25th Award along with 25 years since the Foundation was first founded.

 

The International Alfonso Comín award ceremony is an open event with an attendance of around 500 that is widely reported in media by radio, television and newspapers. In addition, interviews are held every year with the person or organization receiving the award.

 

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