Akbar Ganji among Nominees for the Martin Ennals Award 2006
The jury of the Martin Ennals Award for Human
Rights Defenders (MEA) announced today that the following 4 people were
nominated for the 2006 Award:
Akbar Ganji (Iran)
Akbar Ganji is in prison for having expressed
publicly his opinion for democratic reforms and having denounced state crimes.
He has been tortured and ill-treated. Since 2000 he has been charged with
"undermining national security and propaganda against institutions of the
Islamic State". His supporters fear for his life.
(Zimbabwe)Arnold Tsunga represents
victims of human rights abuses and campaigns for greater respect for human
rights; he has repeatedly denounced the undemocratic system of justice in
Zimbabwe. He has been threatened, detained, and is constantly
Golden Misabiko (Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC))Golden Misabiko
has denounced human rights violations in his country for the past 20 years. He
was tortured in 2001 and had to flee the country in 2002 due to death threats.
He returned to the DRC in 2005. Since then he has been detained several times
and constantly harassed.
Jennifer Williams, one of the leaders of WOZA
(Women of Zimbabwe Arise), continues to organise and lead peaceful protests
against the ongoing erosion of human rights in Zimbabwe, in spite of having been
arrested and beaten by the police.
In 2005, the jury decided to start
publicly announcing the leading candidates as they are all in an urgent
need of protection. The four candidates were carefully selected by the
ten human rights organisations that constitute the jury. On 23 May, the jury
will announce the final MEA laureate at a conference in the Carter Centre in
The jury is composed of the following
organizations: Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First,
International Federation for Human Rights, World Organization Against Torture,
International Commission of Jurists, German Diakonie, International Service for
Human Rights, International Alert, HURIDOCS.
The MEA, created in 1993,
is granted annually to an individual or an organization who has displayed
exceptional courage in combating human rights violations. The previous laureates
are: Aktham Naisse, Syria (2005); Lida Yusupova, Russia (2004); Alirio Uribe
Muñoz, Colombia (2003); Jacqueline Moudeina, Chad (2002); Peace Brigades
International (2001); Immaculée Birhaheka, DR Congo (2000); Natasa Kandic,
Yugoslavia (1999); Eyad El Sarraj, Palestine (1998); Samuel Ruiz García, Mexico
(1997); Clement Nwankwo, Nigeria (1996); Asma Jahangir, Pakistan (1995); Harry
Wu, China (1994).
Martin Ennals (1927-1991) was an influential figure in
the modern human rights movement. He was the first Secretary-General of Amnesty
International and the driving force behind many other organisations. His deep
desire was to see more cooperation and solidarity among NGOs.
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