10 October 2014 - Christian Aid is delighted by the news that Kailash Satyarthi has jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work against child labour and in support of children’s rights.
Christian Aid worked with Mr Satyarthi and his then organisation the South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude during the 1990s, to highlight the fate and the rights of many millions of working children around the world.
Anand Kumar, Christian Aid Country Manager for India, said: “We would like to congratulate Kailash Satyarthi and his team for their inspiring work on fighting child labour in India and promoting child rights in general.
“We hope that this historic moment brings all of us to seriously reflect on the status of continued child labour in India and across the globe.
“It is important to stop this social evil and invest time and resources in promoting child rights across the country. The Parliament of India has enacted the Right to Education Act to promote free and compulsory education to all children - now it is time to put this historic act into practice.”
Martin Gage, Regional Coordinator for Christian Aid in the East Midlands, hosted a visit by Mr Satyarthi to Leicester early in the 1990s. He said: “His name means truth-seeker.
“He was one of those people who, when they walk into a room, you know they are something special but he also had a very personable touch. When he began to talk about his work, you could see the passion and the courage that he had.”
At that time, said Mr Gage, Mr Satyarthi worked to rescue working children from factories and reunite them with their families.
In its announcement of the Prize winners, the Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Mr Satyarthi’s ‘great personal courage’ in heading peaceful protests and demonstrations against the ‘grave exploitation of children for financial gain’. It also hailed his contribution to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights.
Kailash Satyarthi won the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Malala Yousafzay, who has campaigned for the right of all children to education.
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