France honours Louise Arbour [fr]
The Ambassador of France to Canada, Philippe Zeller, presented the Honourable Louise Arbour, President and CEO of the International Crisis Group, with the insignia of Commander of the Légion d’Honneur on February 9, 2012, at the Residence of France in Ottawa.
... You worked tirelessly to protect and promote human rights, an issue you were always concerned about, by strengthening the abilities of the High Commissioner and its presence on the ground. Your courageous stances earned you the recognition of both human rights defenders and the critics of those who violate rights. Under your leadership, the Human Rights Council was established and the universal periodic review was begun...
A lawyer by profession, the Honourable Louise Arbour was a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. She is the former Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).
The Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur is France’s highest decoration.