What did Adolfo Pérez Esquivel do?
Architect, Artist and Peace Activist In the 1970s, Esquivel headed the Latin American human rights organization SERPAJ. Abandoning a university career, he traveled around Latin America building networks. In 1977 he was arrested, imprisoned and tortured by the Argentina’s military rulers.
Why did Adolfo Pérez Esquivel win the Nobel Peace Prize?
He was awarded the Nobel Prize for his activity for the protection of human rights in Latin America. In 1974, he was appointed the Secretary-General of the Service, Peace and Justice, a Christian non-violence organisation engaged in defending political prisoners under dictatorship regimes across the continent.
Why did Perez Esquivel become a peace activist?
Though recognized as a sculptor, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel wanted to bring about peace and prosperity for the poor. He was honored with the 1980 Nobel Prize for Peace for his work to ease human-rights abuses in South America.
Who received the Nobel peace prize in 1980?
Adolfo Pérez Esquivel
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 1980 to Adolfo Pérez Esquivel. Pérez Esquivel, architect and sculptor by profession, has held the chair of architecture in Buenos Aires.
What did Wangari Maathai?
Sustainable Development, Democracy and Peace Wangari Maathai was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She was also the first female scholar from East and Central Africa to take a doctorate (in biology), and the first female professor ever in her home country of Kenya.
Is Adolfo Perez married?
Adolfo Pérez Esquivel was born in Argentina in 1931. He is married and has three children. After studying art and architecture, he embarked on a successful career as a sculptor and professor at the Academy of Art.
Has anyone turned down a Nobel Prize?
While most consider the Nobel Prize a major honor, two winners have voluntarily declined the award. Jean-Paul Sartre, who refused all official awards, did not accept the 1964 literature prize. In 1974 he was joined by Le Duc Tho, who, with Henry Kissinger, shared the peace prize for their work to end the Vietnam War.