Argentina's Adolfo Perez Esquivel, the leader of a Latin American peace movement, was awarded the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize on Monday (13 October) for his human rights and individual liberties campaign in his country.
SCU INT Norwegian Nobel Committee Chairman John Sannes, introducing Nobel Peace Prize winner, speaking in English.
SV PAN TO Adolfo Esquivel at press conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina. (4 SHOTS)
SV Mr. Esquivel being interviewed in Spanish.
SANNES: "In the opinion of the Committee Perez Esquivel too, represents in his struggle for human rights the struggle for Argentina's image and reputation in the world. The prize winner is an Argentinean, but the views he represents carry a vital message to many other countries, not least in Latin America, where social and political problems as yet unsolved, have resulted is an escalation of the use of violence."
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Background: Argentina's Adolfo Perez Esquivel, the leader of a Latin American peace movement, was awarded the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize on Monday (13 October) for his human rights and individual liberties campaign in his country. The Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, John Sannes, said Mr. Perez Esquivel's organisation had worked for a solution of conflicts by non-violent means and had developed a network of contacts spanning the entire continent.
SYNOPSIS: At a news conference in Beunos Aires on Monday (13 October) Mr. Perez Esquivel said the prize did not belong to a single person but to the whole movement he represents, the Servicio De Paz Y Justicia. He emphasised he was accepting the prize in the name of the poor of Latin America, the peasants and workers and all those who were striving for a more humane and just society. Mr. Perez Esquivel is a former Professor of Architecture. He took over the daily running of the Servicio De Paz Y Justicia in 1974. Two years ago he was jailed in La Plata prison, near Buenos Aires. Held without charges for fourteen months he was adopted as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.
In an interview with a reporter from Norwegian Television Mr. Porez Esquivel explained how he began his work for human rights after discovering the force of the Gospel. He said his organisation was comprised of priests, religious workers and others who were seeking an alternative to the present situation in Latin American, and freedom for its people, through peaceful means.