The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, today awarded the Portuguese section of Amnesty International with the title of honorary member of the Order of Liberty, in a restricted ceremony at the Belém Palace, without prior disclosure.
According to a note published at night on the official website of the Presidency of the Republic on the Internet, the head of State awarded this decoration “on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Amnesty International movement and the 40th anniversary of Amnesty International – Portugal”, in recognition of their “work and activism in the struggle for human rights”.
A tribute and recognition of the great causes of Amnesty International in Portugal, namely social, economic and cultural rights, the fight against racism and xenophobia and the rights of refugees as great causes of human rights in which Portugal is equally committed“, reads in the text.
According to the same note, “the badges were delivered, in a restricted ceremony at the Belém Palace, to Pedro Neto, executive director of Amnesty International – Portugal”.
The Order of Liberty is intended to “distinguish relevant services rendered in defense of the values of civilization, in favor of the dignity of the human person and the cause of freedom”.