Blair to receive human rights award in US

Blair to receive human rights award in US

Tony Blair is to receive an award for his global human rights work in the US today.

The UK's ex-Prime Minister will be presented with Liberty Medal by former US President Bill Clinton even as his newly published memoirs reignited debate on his political leadership.

The medal is given annually by the National Constitution Centre to individuals or organisations whose actions aim to bring liberty to people worldwide.

Mr Blair is being honoured for his work with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which promotes religious tolerance, and for his initiative to improve governance in Africa.

He cancelled a planned book signing in London last week after eggs and shoes were thrown at him at an earlier book signing in Dublin.

Protesters were angered over his role in launching the Iraq War.

Organisers of the medal ceremony say they don’t expect protesters today.

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