MacArthur Selects Kofi Annan for International Justice Award
CHICAGO, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation will honor former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan with the first MacArthur Award for International Justice, Foundation President Jonathan Fanton announced today. The Award provides Annan with $100,000 for his own work and invites him to suggest an additional $500,000 to support an eligible non-profit working on international justice issues. "Kofi Annan's life work embodies the values of justice and human rights and the eternal hope for a humane, peaceful world that justice makes possible," said Fanton. "Under his leadership at the United Nations the International Criminal Court was established and the Responsibility to Protect became an accepted principle for international action in the face of human suffering. These building blocks of an effective international justice system will benefit the world for generations to come." The International Criminal Court, the world's "court of last resort," prosecutes individuals accused of the most heinous crimes when governments fail to act. The Court's first cases address crimes in Darfur, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Northern Uganda. The new norm, "the Responsibility to Protect," requires the international community to protect civilians in harm's way when their own governments cannot or will not. Fanton also said the MacArthur Foundation will seek to raise the profile of international justice issues during 2008, its 30th anniversary year. He announced a series of symposia focused on international justice in New York City and at DePaul University, American University, University of California and Yale University. The New York discussion on March 20, 2008, will immediately precede an award ceremony where Annan will deliver keynote remarks "Since our first grant to Amnesty International in 1978, the MacArthur Foundation has been committed to building a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world," said Fanton. Honoring the historical role the U.S. has played in advancing international justice, Fanton suggested the United States rethink its position on the court and urged Presidential candidates to state their position on the Court publicly. In selecting Annan for the award, the Foundation's Board cited his role in establishing the International Criminal Court. The Treaty of Rome, which established the court, was finalized during Annan's tenure at the UN. He later helped ensure the UN could refer matters to the Court. They also noted Annan's leadership in developing the Responsibility to Protect. www.macfound.org
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