David Trimble and Shirin Ebadi will participate in the
World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Bogotá 2017
Important world leaders, recognized for their contribution to the solution of conflicts, will be present at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates to be held in Bogotá February 2-5, 2017. Lord David Trimble, former Northern Irish Prime Minister and Shirin Ebadi, an advocate for Women's and Children's Rights in Iran, confirmed their participation in the event.
David Trimble is a Northern Irish lawyer and politician, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998, together with Catholic nationalist leader John Hume, for his efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland. This conflict was faced by the Catholic population, who sought the independence of Great Britain and reunification with Ireland, and the Protestant population, who wished to remain part of the Kingdom.
Lord Trimble took over leadership of the Protestant Party of Northern Ireland in 1995. From this position he started discussions with his political opponents to reach an agreement. Shortly afterwards he would sit at the negotiating table with Irish Prime Minister, Sinn Fein (the political arm of the Irish Revolutionary Army) and the British government.
In April 1998 he was one of the signatories to the "Good Friday" Peace Agreement that involved self-government for Northern Ireland and ensured a reasonable degree of political participation for both parties.
The treaty was signed in the city of Belfast by the British and Irish governments and accepted by most of the Northern Irish political parties. It would later be put to a vote by a referendum, where the vast majority in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland approved the agreement.
Shirin Ebadi - Iran
Nobel Peace Prize 2003
Iranian lawyer who received the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her work for democracy and the defense of human rights, especially those of women and children. She was one of the first women to be a judge in her country and the first in the Islamic world to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
After the Revolution of Ayatollah Khomeini (1979), which led to the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ebadi was removed from office as the new regime banned the exercise of female judges.
She then began to defend those who were persecuted by the authorities and participated in the creation of organizations that seek respect for the Rights of Women and Children, such as the Association for the Defense of Children's Rights (1995) and the Center for Human Rights Defenders (2001). The latter was created to report on cases of human rights violations in Iran, to defend persecuted politicians free of charge and to support their families.
By delivering the Nobel Peace Prize to Ebadi, the Nobel Committee expressed its desire to reduce tensions between Islam and the West following the September 11 attacks in the United States.