Five courageous and tireless advocates for human rights have been selected as recipients of the prestigious Defender of Human Rights Award for Extraordinary Activism.
Hassan al-Amin from Libya, Alina Diaz from the United States, Jacqueline Moudeina from Chad, Natalia Taubina from Russia, and Sharam Kohan from United Kingdom are leading voices for justice in their countries, working relentlessly to protect the rights and dignity of others.
These human rights defenders speak out on behalf of some of the world’s most vulnerable people, often in dangerous and difficult circumstances. They show that courage and persistence can make a difference even during periods of conflict and violent transition. The International Coalition to End Torture’s annual award honors her outstanding commitment to, and defense of, human rights. It celebrates the valor of people who put their lives on the line to create a world free from abuse, discrimination, and oppression.
The recipients of International Coalition to End Torture’s 2013 Award for Extraordinary Activism are:
- Natalia Taubina , a Russian activist who works to protect victims of police abuse and bring transparency to law enforcement. Taubina runs Public Verdict, which provides free legal aid and rehabilitation support to victims of widespread police torture, corruption, and lack of effective investigations and other unlawful actions in Russia’s law enforcement system.
- Alina Diaz , co-founder and member of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, which promotes the rights of female farmworkers in the United States.Diaz works to educate policymakers and the public about the dangers farmworker women face.
- Hassan al-Amin , who has worked for three decades to expose human rights violations and promote democracy in Libya as an activist and founder of the independent website Libya al-Mostakbal. During the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, al-Amin documented abuses against civilians. He served in the transition parliament, then resumed running his website.
- Jacqueline Moudeina , a lawyer and a leader in the effort to bring to justice the former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre, who is facing trial in Senegal on charges of political killings, systematic torture, and “ethnic cleansing.”