Prince Hassan of Jordan to Receive Niwano Peace Prize



    TOKYO, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - The Niwano Peace Foundation announced today it
will award the 25th Niwano Peace Prize to His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan
bin Talal of Jordan.
    An award presentation ceremony will take place in Tokyo, Japan, on
Thursday, May 8, at 10:30 a.m. In addition to an award certificate, Prince
Hassan will receive a medal and 20 million yen.
    Prince Hassan was born in Amman, Jordan, in 1947 to a branch of the
Hashemite family. He studied at Christ Church College, Oxford, graduating with
a degree in Oriental studies. Until 1999, he served as the closest political
adviser for his late Majesty King Hussein. Prince Hassan has devoted his life
to building peace with justice in the Middle East based on his understanding
of human dignity informed and inspired by his faith. He has been a bridge
builder across existing political and religious divides. He is well known and
respected internationally as a man who translates vision into actions. He is a
leading member of several international organizations, including the Club of
Rome and the Independent Commission on Humanitarian Issues.
    In selecting Prince Hassan as an awardee, Mr. Doudou Diene, United
Nations Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial
Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, and a member of the Peace
Prize Committee, said the prince "highly deserves the prize for three reasons:
his firm commitment to peace and inter-religious dialogue, his permanent
message for the understanding and practice of Islam as a religion of peace,
and his high ethical credibility."

    Niwano Peace Prize

    The Niwano Peace Prize was established in 1983 to honor and encourage
individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to
inter-religious understanding and cooperation, thereby furthering the cause of
world peace. To avoid undue emphasis on any particular religion or region,
nominations are solicited from people of recognized intellectual stature
around the world.

    Niwano Peace Foundation

    The Niwano Peace Foundation was chartered in 1978 to contribute to the
realization of world peace and the enhancement of a culture of peace. The
foundation promotes research and other activities based on a religious spirit,
and serves the cause of peace in such fields as education, science, religion
and philosophy.





For further information:

For further information: Mr. Tadashi Takatani, Niwano Peace Foundation,
Tel: +81-3-3226-4371, Fax: +81-3-3226-1835, E-mail: peaceprize@npf.or.jp; URL:
www.npf.or.jp

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