British Irish Rights Watch the first winner of the Assembly’s Human Rights Prize

PACE today decided to award its Human Rights Prize to British Irish Rights Watch, a non-governmental organisation which since 1990 has been monitoring the human rights dimension of the Northern Ireland conflict and, more recently, the peace process. In March a panel including leading figures from the world of human rights chose British Irish Rights Watch from among fourteen individuals and NGOs nominated for the prize and praised its “courageous and outstanding work in monitoring and bringing to light human rights abuses, and its fight against impunity in Northern Ireland”.