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NORTH-SOUTH PRIZE OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE 
 


The North-South Prize has been awarded every year since 1995 to two candidates who have stood out for their exceptional commitment to promoting North-South solidarity.  
The candidates, preferably a man and a woman, must have distinguished themselves in the following areas: protection of human rights, defense of pluralist democracy, public awareness raising on issues of global interdependence and solidarity, and strengthening the North-South partnership.
 


The winners of the 2013 North-South Prize of the Council of Europe are Susanne Jabbour and His Highness the Aga Khan
2013 North-South Prize - Award Ceremony on 12 June 2014 in Lisbon
The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe announces the award of the 2013 North-South Prize to His Highness Prince Aga Khan, Shah Karim al-Hussaini, and the Aga Khan Development Network , and Suzanne Jabbour.
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Press Release

Suzanne Jabbour is a Lebanese doctor with a relevant action in promoting human rights and the fight against torture within prisons and detention centers in countries of the Middle East as well as Africa and Latin America. Suzanne Jabbour currently holds the position of Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Council for the rehabilitation of victims of Torture. She is also vice-president of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture of the United Nations functions that she accumulates with the position of director of the NGO “Restart" - Centre for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture. Biography
His Highness the Aga Khan is globally recognized for his philanthropic work, as well as initiatives for peace and the promotion of development projects. Relevant part of this action is carried out by the Aga Khan Development Network, which is composed of institutions that aim to improve the living conditions of populations in the most deprived regions in the perspective of sustainable development, with particular focus in the areas of health, education, culture, rural development, institution-building and the promotion of economic development. Biography
 The winners of the 2012 North-South Prize of the Council of Europe are Monika Hauser and Asma Jahangir

2012 North-South Prize award ceremony, 21 May 2013 at the Senate Room of the Portuguese National Assembly, Lisbon
Monika Hauser and Asma Jahangir are the distinguished international personalities who were awarded with the North-South Prize this year. The Prize was handed over by the President of the Portuguese Republic, Anibal Cavaco Silva, at the official ceremony, that took place in Lisbon, on 21 May at 3:30 pm at the Senate Room of the Portuguese National Assembly, in the presence of the Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni. Speeches:
. Maria Assunção Esteves, President of the Portuguese Assembly of the Republic - welcoming words
. Deborah Bergamini, Chair of the Executive Committee of the North South Centre
. João Mota Amaral, Head of the Portuguese Delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
. Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe
. Dr Monika Hauser
. Asma Jahangir
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President of the Portuguese Republic

. Video of the Ceremony


Conference / Debate with Monika Hauser and Asma Jahangir on the theme: "Women’s rights and freedom of religion: incompatible elements?" May 20 at 6 pm in Lisbon
In the context of the XVIII Ceremony of the North-South Prize
This debate which counted with the participation of both Laureates of the North-South Prize, was moderated by Manuela Franco, Director of the Portuguese Diplomatic Institute and was held in the auditorium of the new building of the Portuguese Parliamentary Assembly on May 20 at 6 pm. Ambassador Francisco Seixas da Costa, Executive Director of the North-South Centre also intervened.

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The Laureates of the 2012 North-South Prize of the Council of Europe are Monika Hauser and Asma Jahangir
For the North: Monika Hauser
She is a gynaecologist and the director of the women’s aid association medica mondiale. In 1992, in the middle of the Bosnian war, she opened a therapy centre in the city of Zenica for victims of rape and war trauma. Now more than 80 Bosnian women doctors, nurses, therapists, and other professionals work there. She also founded projects for victims of "sexualised violence" in Kosovo, Albania, and Afghanistan. The organisation medica mondiale has taken on the mission of combating sexualised wartime violence and other forms of gender-specific violence against women and girls on all levels. Medical, psychosocial, legal and economic assistance is provided for affected women. In addition, medica mondiale carries out public awareness and human rights work in its project countries, Germany and internationally in order to bring about societal and political changes in favour of women.
Hauser and her colleagues have helped over 70,000 traumatised women and girls in war and post-war crisis zones in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, DR Congo, Liberia and Afghanistan. Short CV and see also medica mondiale webpage
For the South: Asma Jahangir
Asma Jilani Jahangir is a leading Pakistani lawyer, advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan and human rights activist, who works both in Pakistan and internationally to prevent the persecution of religious minorities, women, and exploitation of children. She was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief from August 2004 to July 2010. Previously, she served as the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Arbitrary and Summary Executions. She is also chairperson of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Asma Jahangir has spent her career defending the human and women rights, rights of religious minorities and children in Pakistan. She also was and remains a staunch critic of the Hudood Ordinance and blasphemy laws of Pakistan. Short CV
The Ceremony will take place on 21 May at the Portuguese Parliamentary Assembly.



  2011 North-South Prize Ceremony
 

The ceremony for the North-South Prize took place on 27 March in Lisbon (Assembly of the Republic) at 11h00. The 2011 winners are Souhayr Belhassen (Tunisia) and Boris Tadic, President of the Republic of Serbia. The Prize was awarded by the President of the Republic of Portugal, in the presence of the President of the Assembly of the Republic, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Chair of the Executive Committee of the North-South Centre and many other personalities.
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. Interview of Mrs Belhassen
Speeches by order of intervention (originals):
Mrs Assunção Esteves, the President of the Assembly of the Republic opens the session
Mrs Deborah Bergamini, Chair of the Executive Committee of the North-South Centre
Mr. Mota Amaral, President of the Portuguese Parliamentary Delegation to the PACE
Mrs. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Mr. Jean Claude Mignon, President of PACE
Mrs Souhayr Belhassen, President of the FIDH
Mr. Boris Tadic, President of the Republic of Serbia
Mr Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of the Portuguese Republic

If you want to obtain more informations about previous North-South Prizes, please send an email to nscinfo@coe.int

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Call for candidates for the 2014 North-South Prize - NEW DEADLINE
The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe has launched the call for nominations for the North-South Prize 2014. All suggestions for candidates are welcomed. Before submiting your suggestion please consult the information note on the North-South Prize. The deadline is 7 September 2014. Send your suggestions to: nsc_prize@coe.int
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2013 North-South Prize - Award Ceremony on 12 June 2014 in Lisbon

The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe announces the award of the 2013 North-South Prize to His Highness Prince Aga Khan, Shah Karim al-Hussaini, and the Aga Khan Development Network , and Suzanne Jabbour. Press Release

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General Information

. Guidelines for the Jury of the North-South Prize
. The winners


Biographies of the candidates

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North-South Prize 2008 Publication


North-South Prize 2007 Publication


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