Ex-German leader Angela Merkel wins UN refugee prize 2022

Current Affairs

  • Former German chancellor Angela Merkel has won the United Nations refugee agency’s prestigious Nansen Refugee Award, receiving praise for her determination to protect asylum seekers while in office.
  • At the time, the woman who lead the German government for 16 years said the situation “put our European values to the test as seldom before. It was no more and no less than a humanitarian imperative.”
  • UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi hailed Merkel’s determination to protect asylum seekers and to stand up for human rights, humanitarian principles and international law.
  • “By helping more than a million refugees to survive and rebuild, Angela Merkel displayed great moral and political courage.”
  • “It was true leadership, appealing to our common humanity, standing firm against those who preached fear and discrimination.”
  • “She showed what can be achieved when politicians take the right course of action and work to find solutions to the world’s challenges rather than simply shift responsibility to others.”

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