April 4, 2002
Human Rights Groups Nominated For Nobel Prize by U.S. Legislators
Partnership Africa Canada and Global Witness were nominated for the 2003 Nobel Prize for their work launching international efforts to end the trade in conflict diamonds. The recommendations came from U.S. Rep. Tony Hall (D-OH), U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT).
"We are convinced that the goal of ending the scourge of conflict diamonds is achievable primarily because of the length to which Partnership Africa Canada and Global Witness have gone," the legislators said in their letter to the Nobel Committee of the Norweigian Parliament.
"From the time these small organizations brought this issue to world attention, their work has shone," the letter read. "The vision of their leaders and staff has inspired the leaders of governments and industry who are capable of ending this trade, and their tireless work has transformed the international community's response to this problem."
The human rights organizations were also cited for their sometimes dangerous work in gathering information and evidence of how conflict diamonds funded brutality in certain African countries. Partnership Africa Canada is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada and Global Witness is based in London, England.
by Peggy Jo Donahue