Harkin among recipients of 2013 Human Rights Awards
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Washington Office on Latin America has announced Sen. Tom Harkin is among the recipients of its prestigious WOLA Human Rights Awards.
This year’s awards, which will be presented on Oct. 24, honor courageous individuals who embody WOLA’s vision for the future, where human rights and justice form the foundation of public policies in Latin America.
Harkin, (D-IA) whose 40 years of congressional leadership on human and labor rights issues have left an enduring legacy, spearheaded efforts to oppose the military dictatorships that swept South America in the 1970s and 1980s. After visiting Chile to investigate human rights abuses in death camps throughout the country, Harkin proposed an amendment to the 1975 Foreign Assistance Act that prohibited all non-humanitarian U.S. aid to countries with gross violations of human rights, and ensured that human rights would be taken into consideration in the provision of any form of U.S. economic assistance. More recently, Senator Harkin has been a champion of labor rights worldwide.
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