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Ahmed Mansoor sentenced to 10 years in prison

Ahmed Mansoor, our 2015 laureate from the UAE, was just sentenced to 10 years in prison for speaking out against human rights abuses. Ahmed Mansoor  was convicted by the UAE State…
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Change to Annual Award Cycle

The Martin Ennals Award (MEA) will change its annual award cycle starting with the next Laureate announcement and ceremony.  In recent years, the three finalists have been announced in April and the ceremony announcing the Laureate has been held in October.  The annual cycle will shift forward by four months.  The next Laureate will be announced at the ceremony in February 2019. The three finalists will be announced in October/November 2018.


2019 Award Nominations are now closed

Nominations for February 2019 will reopen on 1st of September 2018

NEWS & EVENTS

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UAE: One year on, award-winning human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor’s whereabouts remain unknown

The authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) should reveal the whereabouts of prominent human rights defender and citizen-journalist Ahmed Mansoor and release him immediately and unconditionally, over two dozen human…
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Lawyers attempt to reach human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, who is held incommunicado in United Arab Emirates

Geneva - On 26 February 2018, lawyers from Ireland approached the Ministry of the Interior in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to try to gain access to distinguished human rights defender…
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Asma Jahangir Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Asma Jahangir after she suffered a heart attack. She fought injustice her entire life. As a lawyer and human…
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Martin Ennals Foundation calls on the Egyptian authorities to lift Mohamed Zaree’s travel ban

The Martin Ennals Award Ceremony for human rights defenders will be held on 10 October 2017. Mohamed Zaree of the Cairo Institute of Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) is one of the…
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Karla Avelar’s Life Of Constant Threats

Six times in two years. Human rights activist Karla Avelar has been forced to move home six times in the last two years after being physically threatened by individuals she believes…
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Ahmed Mansoor 2015 Laureate arrested at his home on 20 March 2017

He is currently being held in an unknown location. For more information see: Statements calling for his release:…
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EU Parliament calls for unconditional release of Ilham Tohti

The European Union Parliament has called for the unconditional release of Ilham Tohti, the 2016 Martin Ennals Award Laureate. "... [it] Strongly condemns the imprisonment of Ilham Tohti who is serving…
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Third Anniversary of Razan Zaitouneh’s Disappearance

A finalist of the Martin Ennals Award 2016, Razan is a prominent human rights lawyer, activist, and journalist in Syria. Razan has dedicated her life to defending political prisoners, documenting crimes…
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Ilham Tohti 2016 Martin Ennals Award Laureate for Human Rights Defenders

The Award is given to Human Rights Defenders who have shown deep commitment and face great personal risk. The aim of the award is to provide protection through international recognition. Strongly…
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WHAT IS THE
MARTIN ENNALS AWARD?

The Martin Ennals Award is a annual prize for human rights defenders. Finalists and the laureate are selected by a Jury of 10 of the world's leading human rights NGOs. The Award provides protection and support to human rights defenders who are at risk.

THE JURY

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.

"We’re dealing with generations of  people who know only to force their way through the system"

- Mona Seif | EGYPT | 2013 Finalist

LAUREATES & FINALISTS

Every year, three finalist for the Martin Ennals Award are selected by a Jury composed of 10 of the world's leading human rights NGOs.

Ahmed Mansoor

United Arab Emirates