John Hume, Nobel laureate who championed peace in Northern Ireland, dies at 83

 

“The answer to difference is to respect it. Therein lies a most fundamental principle of peace — respect for diversity.” – John Hume

It is with deep sadness and profound appreciation that we recognize the life, and honor the passing, of John Hume, former leader of the SDLP and a principal architect of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. John was a lifelong advocate for justice in the North of Ireland, and worked with and across all traditions and parties in the North to achieve peace and reconciliation without violence. He was a friend to Irish America and often worked with Congress to update them on the situation in the North. It is fitting that John’s passing coincides with the recent death of Congressman John Lewis, a fellow champion of human rights. Both men spent their lives in sacrifice to the advancement of harmony among all peoples, often at great cost and personal harm to themselves. Mr. Hume was inspired by the American Civil Rights Movement and recognized that it “gave birth” to the Northern Irish movement. The IAUC will remain committed to his vision of unity among all Irish people through non-violent means. May he rest in his well-earned peace.

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