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Nobel Peace Prizes, 1976 and 1977 / Williams and Corrigan / Amnesty International #46082

ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 10, 1977
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(Studio) 1977 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Amnesty International, human rights group based in London. (Short network video loss.) 1976 Peace Prize, awarded retroactively, is given to 2 women leading movement to bring peace to North Ireland.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(London, England) Mairead Corrigan is in native Belfast when news of award reaches her. [CORRIGAN - accepts award; feels humble.] Betty Williams is in London when told of prize. [WILLIAMS - says when war in N. Ireland stops, work is just beginning. People will have to be rehabilitated.]
REPORTER: Bill Blakemore

(No location given) Opposition to North Ireland People's Peace Mvt., since beginning in August, 1976, noted; both Protestants and Catholics opposed Corrigan and Williams violently. But members of movement persisted, marching thru towns, protesting acts of terrorism and violence. Deaths of 3 Belfast children moved 2 women to become peace activists. (Films shown.) [CORRIGAN - says women and men should have come out and said they didn't want this, and called for talks between opposing forces.] Children were relations of Corrigan, and were crushed by IRA (Irish Republican Army) getaway car after driver shot by British troops. [CORRIGAN - describes accident. Decided she'd had enough violence when she saw results of accident to sister and 3 children.] Williams is described as earthy and blunt, Corrigan as tender and persuasive.
REPORTER: Bob Brown

(Studio) Amnesty International is one of most effective intelligence agencies in world, but limits its detection to finding political prisoners and freeing them if possible.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(London, England) Background report on Amnesty International [Group spokesperson Martin ENNALS - notes group's total opposition to torture. Has over last several years been running campaign to gain international government opposition to torture.] Amnesty International played large part in exchange of USSR dissident Vladimir Bukovsky and Chilean Communist Luis Corvalan last December; however, group says it's impossible to cite successes it has had, because this would be harmful to all concerned. Amnesty International has no illusions re: stamping out political repression completely, but it can try to reduce it.
REPORTER: Jerry King

Reporter(s):
Blakemore, Bill;
Brown, Bob;
King, Jerry;
Reasoner, Harry;
Smith, Howard K.
Duration:
00:05:30

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