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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Feb. 25) - The Melanesian Brotherhood is the winner of the regional category of the fourth Pacific Human Rights Awards, presented in Suva, Fiji last week.

Fiji's Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase presented the awards on Friday to the winners for their efforts in advancing Human Rights throughout the region.

The Melanesian Brotherhood won the category for its sacrifice above the call of duty to protect the vulnerable and build peace and security in Solomon Islands during the civil conflict and post-conflict reconstruction.

First runner up in the regional category was the Disability Promotion and Advocacy Association, for demonstrating exemplary initiative in promoting and advancing the human rights of persons with disabilities in Vanuatu.

The Leitana Nehan Women’s Development Agency of Bougainville was the second runner up, for outstanding peace and reconciliation advocacy during times of war and peace, and for the promotion of the human rights of women and children in Bougainville.

A special commendation went to the recently established Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation for its projected work with, and on behalf of, people living with HIV/AIDS.

February 25, 2004

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