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Nobel Peace Prize winner to speak at University

19 April 12

Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo PĂ©rez Esquivel will be at the University of Bradford on Friday 27 April to speak about challenges to human rights in the 21st century.

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel was active as a Christian pacifist and advocate for the poor when he spoke out against the Argentine military junta that took power in 1976 and against which Britain found itself at war in the Falklands/Malvinas islands 30 years ago. He was imprisoned and tortured until released following an Amnesty International campaign. 

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1980 for his leadership in campaigning for human rights and democracy in Latin America. Today, he supports groups trying to uncover the truth about the crimes of the dictatorship in Argentina, to bring justice to their families, and to locate the children of the ‘disappeared’ and reunite them with their biological families. A former professor of architecture, he is also a talented sculptor and artist. He recently urged the UK government to enter into ‘dialogue’ about the Falklands/Malvinas.

This lecture forms part of the University of Bradford-backed PeaceJam project, where young people work with Nobel Peace Prize winners to become effective peacemakers themselves over the weekend after the lecture.

The lecture will take place in the Norcroft Centre at the University of Bradford at 5pm.  Doors will open at 4pm.  Tickets are £5 (free to University of Bradford students and alumni) and available at

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