Merkel won the UNESCO Peace Prize for her commitment to refugees
Aryan Community News Agency – Angela Merkel, the former chancellor of Germany, has won the UNESCO Peace Prize for her commitment to refugees.
2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege announced Tuesday in Paris that the UNESCO Peace Prize will be awarded to Merkel.
“All the members of the jury were impressed by her (Merkel’s) courageous decision in 2015 to accept more than 1.2 million refugees, especially from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea,” he said. The head of the jury added: “This is a lesson that she (Merkel) has left for history.”
UNESCO Secretary General Andre Azoulet also appreciated Merkel’s commitment. “Peacemaking still lies in opening doors to those who suffer,” he said.
The Secretary General of UNESCO added: “The decision of the jury points out that the acceptance of immigrants and asylum seekers is a central and fundamental issue.”
The UNESCO Peace Prize is named after the former president of Côte d’Ivoire, Felix Hofvit-Boigny. Since 1989, this award has been given every year to individuals, organizations and institutions that have worked especially in promoting and ensuring peace or research in this field.
It has not yet been determined when this award will be presented to Merkel.