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MONTREAL, DECEMBER 1, 2005- Yan Christian Warinussy, winner of Rights & Democracy’s 2005 John Humphrey Freedom Award – one of Canada’s highest honours for work in the field of international human rights – will visit Laurier Macdonald High School (7355 Viau) in St. Léonard on Tues. Dec. 6 (9 a.m. to 11 a,m. ) to meet with students.

Mr. Warinussy is presently touring Canada 28th for a series of public presentations on the courageous struggle for human rights taking place in his native West Papua, Indonesia. He will be presented with the 2005 John Humphrey Freedom Award at a special awards ceremony in Ottawa on Dec. 8.

As executive director of the Institute for Research, Analysing and Development of Legal Aid, also known as LP3BH, Mr. Warinussy is committed to the often dangerous task of providing legal representation to West Papuans affected by the Indonesian military's 42-year-old campaign to assert control over the region, which occupies the western half of the island shared with Papua New Guinea. It is estimated that as many as 100,000 Papuans have died since Indonesia took control of West Papua in 1963, many of them victims of extra-judicial executions, torture and sexual violence.

The John Humphrey Freedom Award is given each year by Rights & Democracy. Named in honour of John Peters Humphrey, the Canadian law professor who prepared the first draft of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the award includes a $25,000 contribution to the Winner’s work and a speaking tour of Canadian cities.

Laurier Macdonald’s multicultural club, headed by teacher Jake Sookhdeo, arranged this visit.

Rights & Democracy ( is a Canadian institution with an international mandate. Created by an Act of Parliament in 1988, it is an independent organization that promotes advocates and defends the democratic and human rights set out in the International Bill of Human Rights, primarily in Developing countries.

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
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