High Commissioner and Angelina Jolie to receive IRC Freedom Award

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler to whom quoted text may be attributed at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

High Commissioner António Guterres will be in New York tomorrow, where he and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie are to receive the International Rescue Committee's annual Freedom Award for 2007. The International Rescue Committee first bestowed the Freedom Award for extraordinary contributions to the cause of refugees and human freedom to Willy Brandt in 1957. Other IRC Freedom Award winners include Winston Churchill (1958); George Soros (1993); Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (1995); Sadako Ogata (1995); Vaclav Havel (2003); and former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton (2006). The IRC has for many years been UNHCR's largest NGO partner.