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Wati Aier to receive Rights Award
DIMAPUR, MAR 11 (NPN):
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Published on 12 Mar. 2011 12:48 AM IST
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Oriental Theological Seminary (OTS), Dimapur principal Wati Aier has been chosen as the recipient of Baptist World Alliance (BWA) Denton and Janice Lotz Human Rights Award 2011 in recognition of his work in helping to broker the signing of a peace accord between three nationalist groups in Nagaland in September 2010. The award is given annually to an individual who has engaged in significant and effective activities to secure, protect, restore or preserve human rights. The Denton and Janice Lotz Human Rights Award is given out each year during the BWA Annual Gathering, which would be held this year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from July 4-9.“Over the years Wati has worked tirelessly, often against overwhelming odds, to keep a process alive that would allow deeply conflicted Naga parties to negotiate their bitter differences sufficient to extinguish the flames of violence,” said Ken Sehested, co-pastor of the Circle of Mercy Congregation in Asheville, North Carolina, in the United States, and who has known Aier since 1993. Aier, a former vice president of the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation, one of six regional fellowships of the BWA, helped to found a liberal arts junior college program for Karen refugees from Myanmar in the Mae Le refugee camp in Thailand, near the border with Myanmar. He also helped to launch the Karen Bible School in the same camp where OTS graduates are the main teachers. Aier previously served as a member of the BWA Commission on Freedom and Justice and the Academic and Theological Education Workgroup. He now serves on the BWA Commission on Peace and on the BWA Congress Committee. Previous recipients of Denton and Janice Lotz Human Rights Award include Gustavo Parajon from Nicaragua, Joao and Nora Matwawana from Angola, Dennis Datta from Bangladesh, and Leena Lavanya from India.

 
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