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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.

(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

Blakemore, Bill;
Brown, Bob;
King, Jerry;
Reasoner, Harry;
Smith, Howard K.

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