President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela to receive 2005 International Prize José MartíPresident Hugo Chavez of Venezuela will receive the 2005 International José Martí Prize in a ceremony that will take place in Havana (Cuba) on 28 January. The ceremony will coincide with the anniversary of the birth, in 1853, of José Martí the Cuban humanist, writer, translator, diplomat and teacher, who is known as the “champion” of Cuba’s independence.
The Martí Prize was created in 1994 by UNESCO’s Executive Board on the initiative of Cuba to honour an individual or institution having contributed to the unity and integration of the countries of Latin American and the Caribbean and to the preservation of their identities, cultural traditions and historical values.
The $5,000 Prize is awarded on the recommendation of a seven-member international jury, which includes Nadine Gordimer, the South African Nobel Prize for Literature laureate. In the past the Prize has been awarded to Mexican sociologist Pablo González Casanova (2003), Ecuadorian painter Oswaldo Guayasamín (1999), and Dominican historian Celsa Albert Bautista (1995).