The Research and Advocacy Unit wishes to congratulate the co-Minister within the Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration, Minister Sekai Holland on receiving the Sydney Peace Prize.
The Award is an initiative of the Sydney Peace Foundation in Australia and it aims to influence public interest in peace with justice, an ideal which is often perceived as controversial.
Past recipients of the Award include
- 1998 Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder of the Grameen Bank for the poor
- 1999 Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize recipient
- 2000 Xanana Gusmão of East Timor who is a poet-artist and president of East Timor
- 2001 Sir William Deane, the former Governor-General of Australia
- 2002 Mary Robinson, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
- 2003 Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian academic and human rights campaigner
- 2004 Arundhati Roy, Indian novelist and peace activist
- 2005 Olara Otunnu, United Nations Under Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict from Uganda
- 2006 Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International
- 2007 Hans Blix, chairman of the UN Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission
- 2008 Patrick Dodson, chairman of the Lingiari Foundation
- 2009 John Pilger, Australian journalist and documentary maker, in
- 2010 Vandana Shiva, Indian social justice and environmental activist, eco-feminist and author
- 2011 Noam Chomsky an American linguist and activist
Minister Holland was also the recipient of the prestigious French National Order of the Legion of Honour, in 2011, together with human rights activist Jestina Mukoko for what French authorities termed her outstanding virtues in serving her country and others in her fight for freedom, peace and unity.
Congratulations Minister Holland.