Edward McMillan-Scott MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament for Democracy and Human Rights, was presented with the Medal of Honour by the President of Venice-based European Inter-University Centre forHuman Rights and Democratisation, Professor Horst Fischer, “in recognistion of his lasting efforts in the promotion and protection of human rights.”
Previous winners are Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Manfred Nowak, human rights lawyer and former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture.
Speaking after the awards ceremony at the opening of the academic year at the Scuola Grande, Venice on 22 September, McMillan-Scott said:
“This is a great honour, not only for me but for the European Parliament. I have always admired the Institute and its work, because human rights and democracy are an essential part of EU foreign policy.”
The EU-funded Institute offers a Master’s degree and is based in a former monastery near Venice. It has 41 participating universities.
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