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Martin Ennals Award 2019

Fri 22 Feb, 2019

Martin Ennals Award 2019

  • Abdul Aziz Muhamat (Sudan) has been detained by Australia for 5 years in a detention centre for asylum seekers on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. He is a strong advocate for the rights of asylum seekers.He won the 2019 Martin Ennals Award.Sudanese refugee activist Abdul Aziz Muhamat won the 2019 Martin Ennals Award.
  • This award sheds light on the very cruel refugee policy of the Australian Government. It also brings international attention to the dangers and ill-treatment faced by refugees all over the world, including in countries that claim they uphold the Refugee Convention.
  • The award is given to human rights defenders who show a deep commitment to their work at great personal risk and provides protection to the winner through increased international recognition.
  • The award was presented this evening in Geneva, Switzerland.

 Martin Ennals Awards

  • The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders (MEA) is a unique collaboration among ten of the world’s leading human rights organizations to give protection to human rights defenders worldwide.
  • The Jury is composed of the following NGOs:
    • Amnesty International
    • Human Rights Watch
    • Human Rights First, International Federation for Human Rights
    • World Organisation Against Torture
    • Front Line Defenders, International Commission of Jurists
    • Brot fuer die Welt,
    • International Service for Human Rights,

Other finalists

  • Eren Keskin (Turkey) is a lawyer who has been fighting for the rights of women, Kurds and the LGBTI community for over thirty years. She has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in March 2018 but is free while her case is under appeal.
  • Marino Cordoba (Colombia) is an activist fighting for the political recognition and rights of the Afro-Colombian community, many of whom have been dispossessed of their land for the benefit of mining and forestry companies.