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Agent Claudio Grossman is awarded for his work for Human Rights

Monday, July 2, 2018

The Chilean Agent before the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Claudio Grossman, received the "Marshall T. Meyer" award, granted by the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary. This award, given in Argentina, highlights individuals or organizations that have distinguished themselves in the promotion and protection of Human Rights.

Grossman was awarded for being a well-known "human rights defender and for his contributions to the promotion and protection of the rule of law; the fight against impunity; the prohibition of discrimination; the rights of vulnerable groups; freedom of expression; the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; and the obligation to provide full reparation and rehabilitation to victims of human rights violations".

This award is named after the founder of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary and renowned rabbi human rights activist, Marshall T. Meyer who, in Argentina during the 1970s, denounced human rights violations. He was elected by President Raúl Alfonsín as one of the members of the National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons. After the restoration of democracy in 1983, Meyer received Argentina's highest distinction, the Order of the Liberator General San Martín, from the new President.

Other awards presented during the ceremony included the Abraham J. Heschel Award for Religious Leadership, created to recognize those who make outstanding contributions to religious leadership. This prize was awarded to the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, through the Department of Worship, and to the Jewish Christian Brotherhood of Uruguay.