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Monday, October 15, 2012 - 6.45 GMT
Radhika Coomaraswamy named Laureate


Radhika Coomaraswamy, former Under Secretary General of the United Nations/Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, was chosen for the Special Jury Prize 2012 by the Fondation Chirac (Chirac Foundation).

The Fondation Chirac was created in 2008 by former President of France, Jacques Chirac, at the term of his presidential mandate.

The foundation will also award Father Francisco De Roux the Prize for Conflict Prevention for his action in favor of development and democracy in the Magdalena Medio area, in Colombia. The announcement of the two laureates, who were chosen for their exemplary nature and the urgency of their efforts, was made on October 11 during a press conference organized by the Fondation Chirac, in partnership with the French Senate and the AFP Foundation (French Press Agency). The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on November 22nd, 2012. Both prizes will be awarded by former President of Senegal, H.E. Mr. Abdou Diouf.

Radhika Coomaraswamy was chosen for her actions aimed at the protection of children in armed conflict. During her mandate as Special Representative she put in place 17 action plans for the eradication of the use of child soldiers around the world. She also contributed to the recognition, at the International Criminal Court, of individual criminal responsibility of those recruiting or using child soldiers.




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