On August 19, the Faculty of Law at UBC announced the three finalists for the inaugural Allard Prize for International Integrity. Established by UBC alumnus Mr. Peter Allard QC, the Allard Prize recognizes efforts to combat corruption and promote human rights.
The Prize is worth $100,000 and is one of the largest in the world of its kind.
The 2013 Allard Prize finalists are:
- Global Witness – An organization based in London and Washington D.C., it has initiated trailblazing campaigns against natural resource related conflict and corruption and associated environmental and human rights abuses.
- Anna Hazare – Mr. Hazare is one of India’s most influential and renowned activists, leading popular movements to increase public and governmental transparency and fight official corruption.
- Dr. Sima Samar – Dr. Samar, an internationally celebrated advocate for human and women’s rights and one of the few women to obtain a medical degree from Kabul University, works to raise global awareness about the detrimental impact of corruption on the promotion and protection of Afghan human and women’s rights.
Mr. Allard said the following about the finalists and the Prize itself:
Our outstanding finalists exemplify the values of the Allard Prize through their extraordinary courage and leadership in promoting transparency, accountability, and the rule of law in opposing corruption and promoting and protecting human rights. In celebrating these achievements and remarkable stories, the Allard Prize strives to inspire others to take upthe fight against abuses of power and the suppression of human rights, wherever they arise.
The winner of the Allard Prize for International Integrity will be announced on September 25, 2013 at the UBC Faculty of Law at Allard Hall. The other two finalists will be given Honourable Mentions and a $25,000 cash prize.