Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Clinton nominated for peace award

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been nominated for the Tipperary International Peace Award

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has been nominated for a peace award just days after visiting Ireland.

A short list of five people have been released for the 2012 Tipperary International Peace Award.

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai who was shot earlier this year, president of the Indian National Congress Sonia Ghandi, former Kenyan journalist John Githongo and Pax Christi International, a non-profit Catholic peace movement, have also made the list.

The award winner will be announced on January 1.

Previous recipients include former South African president Nelson Mandela, former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev, former US president Bill Clinton and last year's recipients former president of Ireland, Professor Mary McAleese and her husband Senator Martin McAleese.

Peace Convention secretary Martin Quinn said Mrs Clinton joined the US State Department in 2009, after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, first lady, and senator.

"Throughout her tenure she has looked towards "smart power" as the strategy for asserting US leadership and values, combining military strength with US capacities in global economics, development aid, and technology," he said.

Mrs Clinton was in Ireland last week where she urged protesting loyalists to end street violence, and held talks on the crisis in Syria.

Mr Quinn said Ms Yousafzai was attacked by Taliban gunmen last October after she wrote about her desire to go to school without fear in a part of the country where the Taliban had once imposed strict Sharia law. Eventually airlifted to a hospital in Britain, she survived her severe wounds and is reported to be making a good recovery.

Italian-born Indian politician Sonia Ghandi, the widow of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, was nominated alongside Githongo, a journalist who investigated bribery and fraud in his home country. He later took a governmental position to fight corruption and accused top ministers of fraud. Pax Christi International is acknowledged for its work on a wide variety of issues.

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