|Honorary Degree recipient, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, 1996 (University Secretary fonds)|
Convocation date: June 27, 1996
Special Convocation: Convocation held in conjuction with 1996 SSHRC Summer Institute \'Cultural Restoration of Oppressed Indigeous Peoples\'
Discipline / contribution: human rights
Citation / biographical information:
The daughter of peasant parents who are both Quiche Indians, Rigoberta Menchu Tum has long been an atcive participant in the struggle for democracy and justice in Central America.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
In 1982, following a few years of activism in a number of human rights and populist-opposition (in exile) groups in Guatemala, she became a member fo the UN's Working Group on Indian Populations.
A year later, she was named a member of the UN's Human Rights Commission.
A book she co-authored - 'Me Llamo Rigoberta Menchu v Me nacio La Concienca' - has been translated into many languages since being published in 1983.
For her efforts on behalf of indigenous peoples around the world, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992. She used the proceeds of the Award to fund an organization, in her father's name, to continue that struggle.
She has received many other honors from universities and organizations around the world.
[On Campus News, 24 May 1996]
Other notes: Degree was presented in absentia
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