Sean Penn to get humanitarian honour

Los Angeles: Hollywood star Sean Penn is to be honoured for his humanitarian work in Haiti and will be awarded the 2012 Peace Summit Award at a ceremony in Chicago next month.

The 51-year-old Oscar-winning actor has been assisting in the country`s relief efforts since it was struck by a devastating earthquake two years ago.

He will be awarded for his work to rebuild and aid the victims of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, as well as his ongoing advocacy for peace and human rights protection worldwide, The Hollywood Reporter said.

"This is an extraordinary honour in an extraordinary moment on Earth. It`s difficult to properly respond to this while avoiding cliche, but quite deliberately, I`m thrilled to receive this tribute and to represent it to the youth of Haiti, the strong women of Haiti, and of the world," Penn said in a statement.

"Tomorrow is a new day where cynicism is for cowards, and men of virtue and agency will be true heroes to their sons."

Earlier this year, Penn accepted the job of ambassador at large for the Caribbean nation.

He was offered the position by the nation`s foreign minister Laurent Lamothe while at the Cinema for Peace benefit in Los Angeles in January.


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