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Patrick Dodson wins the 2008 Sydney Peace Prize

Posted on: 14 November, 2008
Issue: Vol 8 No 4, October 2008 - December 2008
Related to Justice Social issues

Patrick Dodson has won the 2008 Sydney Peace Prize, which is given to people who make significant contributions to peace with justice. The award was for his ‘courageous advocacy of the human rights of Indigenous people, for distinguished leadership of the reconciliation movement and for a lifetime of commitment to peace with justice, through dialogue and many other expressions of non violence’.

Patrick Dodson is a Yawuru man from Broome, Western Australia. He is Chairman of the Lingiari Foundation, and Chairperson of the Kimberley Development Commission. He is a former Chairman of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and a former Commissioner into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

The Sydney Peace Prize is awarded by the Sydney Peace Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation associated with the University of Sydney, and is the only international peace prize awarded in Australia. Previous recipients of  the Sydney Peace prize are: Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International, and Mary Robinson, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. In the history of this Peace Prize, Mr Dodson is only the second Australian recipient.