Slain nun’s Brazilian group gets human rights award in Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An international human rights award from the University of Dayton will be presented to the Brazilian organization for which Ohio-born nun and rain forest defender Dorothy Stang worked before she was fatally shot in 2005.

The school says representatives from the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops’ Pastoral Land Commission will be recognized during a ceremony March 28 at the Ohio campus.

The research director at the university’s Human Rights Center says the Brazilian group is being honored with the Blessed Oscar Romero Human Rights Award for taking great personal risk while defending the environment, the poor and victims of slave labor.

The award is named for a Salvadoran archbishop who advocated for human rights before he was killed in 1980 at a Mass and was later designated a martyr.