Thursday, September 19, 2013

Amnesty International Ambassador for Conscience Award 2013: Harry Belafonte

Fantastic news recently that Harry Belafonte has been awarded the Amnesty International Ambassador for Conscience Award this year. A well known political song writer and activist, Harry was acknowledged for his contribution to overcoming injustice and furthering peace efforts through song. Bono writes on the U2 blog:

"Harry Belafonte, who has  dedicated his life to humanitarian causes, spanning the civil rights movement to the plight of children caught in Syria's armed conflict, was presented with his Award by Roger Waters. He said, 'Since its birth, I have been devoted to the principles for which Amnesty International stands. It is an honour to receive the recognition being bestowed. Amnesty International's stand on any universal abuse to human rights has been courageous and is our moral compass."

It is excellent to see Harry Belafonte being recognised for this talent and dedication. Details of his activism and career can be found here: Harry has been heavily involved in civil rights, humanitarian and political activism. He was also opposed to President George W Bush. 

Further Reading
Amnesty International,  Amnesty International Announces 2013 Ambassador of Conscience Awards; Malala Yousafzai and Harry Belafonte Are Named Recipients (16 September 2012) <> at 19 September 2013
U2, Malala Yousafzai, Harry Belafonte: Ambassadors of Conscience (17 September 2013) <> at 19 September 2013
Wikipedia, Harry Belafonte (7 September 2013) <> at 19 September 2013

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