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Nobel Laureates

Celebrating Rigoberta Menchu

16th June 2016

“The indigenous peoples never had, and still do not have, the place that they should have occupied in the progress and benefits of science and technology, although they represented an important basis for this development.” Rigoberta Menchú

Rigoberta Menchú Tum, who was living in self-imposed exile at the time, was awarded the accolade in recognition of her work highlighting the exploitation and persecution of her country’s indigenous people during its brutal 36-year civil war. In the same year she received the Nobel Peace Prize, the indigenous activist founded the self-titled Rigoberta Menchú Tum Foundation with her award money, dedicated to the pursuit of peace and promotion of indigenous people’s rights. She currently holds the position of Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and presides over the Indigenous Initiative for Peace, an international indigenous leadership network.

Read more about how Rigoberta Menchu inspired PeaceJam youth, royalty, TV and film festival attendees, and our Hero Award Winners in Monte Carlo.




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