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2016 Finalist - Zone 9 Bloggers - Ethiopia
Zone 9 is a collective of nine independent Amharic language bloggers who aim “to create independent narratives” in the east African country of Ethiopia. Their moto is “We blog because we care”.
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2016 Finalist - Ilham Tohti - China
Ilham Tohti is a renowned Uyghur public intellectual in the People’s Republic of China. For over two decades he has worked tirelessly to foster dialogue and understanding between Uyghurs and Han Chinese.
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2016 Finalist - Razan Zaitouneh - Syria
Razan Zaitouneh is a prominent human rights lawyer, activist, and journalist in Syria. Razan has dedicated her life to defending political prisoners and documenting crimes against humanity.
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Three Human Rights Defenders selected as Finalists for the Martin Ennals Award 2016

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The three finalists for the Martin Ennals Award 2016 are:

Zone 9 Bloggers (Ethiopia)
Ilham Tohti (China)
Razan Zaitouneh (Syria)

This award is selected by the International Human Rights Community (See Jury Below) and given to Human Rights Defenders who have shown deep commitment and courage in the face of personal risk. The aim of the award is to highlight their work and protect them through increased visibility.

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Zone 9 Bloggers (Ethiopia)

Ilham Tohti (China)

Razan Zaitouneh (Syria)

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Martin Ennals Award Jury Lauds 2016 Finalist

Zone 9 Bloggers - Ethiopia

Ilham Tohti - China

Razan Zaitouneh - Syria



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The Jury consists of 10
leading Human Rights NGO’s












The Panel of Regional NGOs support
the Jury with their in depth
Regional knowledge