GOLDEN HONORARY MEDAL OF THE
I.P.O. AWARDED TO PUBLIC FIGURES FROM TURKEY AND THE
7 November 2005/RE/19435c-is
On the basis of a recommendation of the Executive
Board, the President of the International Progress Organization has
today signed the decrees awarding the Golden Honorary Medal of the
International Progress Organization to two distinguished international
citizens from the Turkey and the
Dr. Türkkaya Ataöv, Professor emeritus of
International Relations and former Director of the Department.
of International Relations at the University of Ankara (Turkey), is
being honoured for his lifetime achievement in the field of
international relations theory, his commitment to the search for
historical truth and his active and courageous contribution to the
liberation of oppressed peoples; he was an influential voice in
support of the anti-apartheid struggle
in South Africa in particular.
He has excelled as author of hundreds of scholarly articles and
books on, inter alia, issues of contemporary
international relations, international law and global justice that have
drawn worldwide attention. As
member of the Executive Council
of the International Association for the Elimination of All Forms of
Racial Discrimination (Geneva) Prof. Ataöv has combined his theoretical
work with the global struggle for human rights.
Dr. Fatemah Remedios C. Balbin,
Founder-President of the Foundation for Social Justice and former Senior
Commissioner of the National Amnesty Commission of the Philippines, has
distinguished herself as champion of civil liberties and social and
economic rights in the Philippines and has been an outspoken advocate of
democracy and the rule of law in her country and South-East Asia.
She has contributed substantially to the efforts at a just settlement of
the problem of Muslim Mindanao and, in numerous cases, offered legal
assistance to people defending the rights of Muslims and indigenous
people in the Philippines. She has further excelled through her analysis
of international affairs in the context the worldwide movement for
The Golden Honorary Medal of the I.P.O. was created
in 1982 on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the foundation of
the International Progress Organization. It is a
special award to honour those who have contributed in a substantial
manner to the advancement of the organization’s goals and ideals.
Previous recipients are Prof. Dr. Hans R. Klecatsky, former Minister of
Justice of Austria, and Mr. Robert Thabit, Esq., Permanent
Representative of the I.P.O. to the United Nations in New York.
In conformity with I.P.O. regulations, the number of
bearers of the medal shall not exceed seven at any given time.
Medal of the I.P.O. Awarded to Public Figures in Turkey and the