Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Activist Čaputová received in White House

Zuzana Čaputová met with US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.

Zuzana Čaputová(Source: archive of www.goldmanprize.org)

Slovak activist and lawyer Zuzana Čaputová, who was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in San Francisco on April 18, was received in the White House two days later, the TASR newswire learnt on April 21.

Čaputová received the prestigious international award for her long-term fight against the landfill in town of Pezinok with the Via Iuris organisation, as well as for her ongoing legal work in the field of environmental protection.

Read also: Read also:Slovak Goldman prize winner continues her fight

She met with US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, who is also responsible for environmental protection, and with three of US President Barack Obama's advisors.

At the White House, Čaputová spoke about the importance of non-governmental organisations which focus on advocacy not only in Slovakia but across central Europe.

“NGOs’ position in the US is different and far stronger than in Slovakia,” Čaputová said, as quoted by TASR. “Their importance rises in times of crisis, whether it be an economic or a migration crisis. They play a cardinal role in advocating for human rights protection in individual cases, such as the Pezinok landfill was.”

Also known as the environmental Nobel, the Goldman Prize has been awarded since 1990. Its laureates are nominated by renowned international environmental organisations and experts for a significant contribution in the field of environmental protection. They are selected by an international jury.

Top stories

My five-year-old daughter will almost certainly encounter a Weinstein too

It’s not that I thought sexually harassing women was okay, it’s more that I accepted that was just part of how things worked. Unfortunate, yes, but also standard.

Harvey Weinstein

Socialism elections were parody of free vote

After the revolution in 1989 the number of people participating in elections fell from 99 percent to around 60 percent.

Elections during socialism regime.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 17 and November 26, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Lúčnica

Top 3 stories from Last Week in Slovakia Video

Chinese could produce e-cars in Slovakia - PM Robert Fico does not see election defeat - Poliačik leaves the strongest opposition party

PM Robert Fico