(Vatican Radio) Fr. Cedric Prakash who is currently based in Beirut and working as Regional Advocacy and Communications Officer, is a human rights activist and a Jesuit priest of the Gujrat province in India. He was the director of ‘Prashant’, the Ahmedabad-based Jesuit Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace, which he founded in 2001. He has been at the forefront on issues related to human rights, justice, peace and other advocacy matters for which he has been honoured both in India and abroad.
He was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, one of the highest French civilian awards, acknowledging his commitment to the defence and the promotion of Human Rights in India. Other than this, Fr. Cedric Prakash has also been awarded numerous other awards - the Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award presented for Humanitarian Work by the Indian Muslim Council, USA in 2003, the Kabir Puraskar conferred on him by the President of India for his work in the promotion of Communal Harmony and Peace in 1995, and the Minorities Rights Award by the National Commission for Minorities of the Government of India in 2006. He was one of the recipients of Mother Teresa Awards for Social Justice in 2013.
On his visit to Rome this week for a JRS Meet he spoke to Vatican Radio about the plight of the refugees today and how we can help them to live a life of greater stability and security.
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