Portugal: Country’s support was essential to UN election – Guterres

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António Guterres  UN

Lisbon, Dec. 23 (Lusa) – The designated secretary general of the United States, António Guterres, on Friday thanked the Portuguese parliament, where he was awarded the 2016 Human Rights Prize, for “all the support” from Portugal, “one of the most important factors for the success of the candidacy.”

During the ceremony for the highest awarded given by the Portuguese parliament, attended by the Portuguese President and the Prime Minister, Guterres recognised that the human rights agenda “is regressing.”

Guterres, the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, donated his prize of €25,000, to the Portuguese Refugee Council.

The prize’s jury included representatives from all political parties and unanimously decided to give the award to Guterres, “for the work carried out to defend human rights.”

Since 1999 the Portuguese parliament has awarded the Human Rights prize to figures included former President Mário Soares, journalist and defender of human rights Maria Lamas, the Bishop of Baucau (East Timor), Basílio do Nascimento, a and Brazilian Sérgio Vieira de Mello, killed as he worked for the United Nations.