UN Watch, an organization that monitors the United Nations and promotes Human Rights, decided to recognize former world champion Garry Kasparov.
Some excerpts from the press release:
“UN Watch has decided to grant the Morris B. Abram Human Rights Award to Garry Kasparov for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in Russia,” said executive director Hillel Neuer. “Mr. Kasparov is not only one of the world’s smartest men, he is also among its bravest.”
Mr. Kasparov will receive the 2013 Morris B. Abram Human Rights Award in Geneva on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at a gala dinner, attended by the diplomatic community, marking UN Watch’s 20th anniversary. The event will be held in Geneva’s historic Hotel des Bergues, site of the first assembly of the League of Nations in 1920.
Garry and his wife Daria are active with the Kasparov Chess Foundation in promoting the teaching of chess in education systems around the world. Now in over 3500 US schools, the foundation recently launched centers in Europe and Africa, with South America soon to come.