Adolfo Perez Esquivel of Argentina received the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Wednesday (10 December) and said he accepted it on behalf of all people fighting for a just society, free of fear.
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Background: Adolfo Perez Esquivel of Argentina received the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Wednesday (10 December) and said he accepted it on behalf of all people fighting for a just society, free of fear. Mr. Perez Esquivel is Secretary General of Servicio de Paz y Justicia (Peace and Justice Service), a Christian organisation based in Buenos Aires.
SYNOPSIS: Professor John Sanness, Chairman of the Norwegian Peace Prize Committee, said Mr. Perez Esquivel had devoted many years of his life to human rights in Argentina and the whole of Latin America.
Mr. Perez Esquivel was visibly delighted with the award which carries with it 880,000 Swedish Crowns (212,000 Dollars U.S.). Mr. Perez Esquivel is a sculptor and former professor of Architecture. He was imprisoned in La Plata for more than a year after he campaigned for human rights in Argentina. He was never charged.
Mr. Perez Esquivel told the packed audience at Oslo University Hall that he was "a little voice who speaks on behalf of those who have no voice and who are fighting so that the lamentation of the people can be heard." He modestly admitted to the audience that he had no other identification than being "a realistic Christian from Latin America."