Mexican President Pena to Receive World Statesman Award
January 09, 2014
The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, was honored today with the Statesman of the Year Award by the "Appeal to Conscience Foundation" led by American Rabbi Arthur Schneier, for making difficult decisions and for looking to drive forward his country and his people.

"President Peña will be recognized for his strong leadership, new vision and commitment to the economy, social development, peace and international and intercultural cooperation, all based on human rights, freedom and tolerance," said Rabbi Schneier today in announcing the award.

Peña Nieto, who will receive the award on September 23 in New York, said in a statement distributed by the foundation was honored by this "important recognition of an organization that promotes the defense of freedom of religion and belief as well as the dialogue and understanding. Freedom, peace, prosperity, tolerance and human dignity are values we share personally and by working and supporting my government,".

Rabbi Schneier has acknowledged in the past King Juan Carlos of Spain, the president of the Spanish government, José María Aznar, former leader of the Soviet Mikhail Gorbachev, former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder German, the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former President Luiz Inacio Brazilian Lula da Silva, among others. The Appeal of Conscience Foundation, created in 1965 by Rabbi Schneier has since worked for religious freedom and human rights throughout the world, and has been involved in the promotion of peace and tolerance in Russia, China, the Balkans and Central Europe.
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