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Through his activism and leadership in the Oklahoma City local group number 238 of Amnesty International, John Walters has been a champion of human rights for all.
We are pleased to announce that John has been selected as one of the 2016 winners of the Oklahoma Human Rights Award.
John Walters has lobbied our representatives in Congress, he has organized letter-writing campaigns and film festivals. He has been visible and outspoken in defense of political prisoners, refugees, and everyone whose freedom and dignity are under threat.
Peter Benenson, the founder of Amnesty International, once said: “Only when the last prisoner of conscience has been freed, when the last torture chamber has been closed, when the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a reality for the world’s people, will our work be done.”
John Walters is a model of Peter Benenson’s gracious commitment and perseverance. Through his steady and humble presence, John has been an inspiration for many people, young and old.
You’re invited to attend the presentation of the 2016 Human Rights Awards on Saturday, December 10th, in the House Chamber of the Oklahoma State Capitol. The program will begin at 10am. It will be emcee’d by former State Representative Seneca Scott. There is no charge to attend. Following the awards program, you are invited to enjoy a Free Speech Forum in the Senate Assembly Room from 12 Noon to 2pm.
Every year, the Oklahoma Human Rights Awards are co-sponsored by the Oklahoma City chapter of the United Nations Association and the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance.
Previous winners of the award include educators, physicians, students, and community volunteers from many different communities and all walks of life. They are united by their enduring commitment to the values and principles expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
For more information about the awards program, please contact Wilfredo Santosrivera, 405-631-3027.