2015 Laureate - Ahmed Mansoor - UAE
Ahmed Mansoor is one of the few voices within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who provides a credible independent assessment of human rights developments in the country.
Final Nominee - Robert Sann Aung - Myanmar
Robert Sann Aung is a prominent human rights lawyer from Myanmar. Throughout his career he has provided legal services, or just advice, often pro bono, to those whose rights have been affected.
Final Nominee - Asmaou Diallo - Guinea
Asmaou Diallo’s human rights work started following the events of 28 September 2009 when the Guinean military attacked peaceful demonstrators. Over 150 were killed, including her oldest son, and over 100 women raped.
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Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera - 2011

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, is an Ugandan LGBT activist and founder/Executive Director of Freedom and Roam Uganda, one of the main lesbian, bisexual and transgender women rights organization in the country. She has been continuously fighting for the rights of the marginalized communities.

She became engaged in the very “controversial” issue of gay rights in Uganda when she was just 21, and has since played a leading role in the Ugandan LGBT rights movement. After being expelled from several schools, Kasha decided to study the law in Uganda.

An accountant by profession, she has excelled in human rights advocacy and obtained a certificate in human rights law. For the past four years she has been speaking at international fora highlighting the plight of lesbian women in her country. But perhaps more importantly, Kasha has had the courage to appear on national television in Uganda, becoming one of the first gay people to openly speak out.

Similarly, she has issued press statements on behalf of the gay community, and spoke on several radio stations. She challenged the homophobia frenzy in the media in the high court of Uganda where she and 2 others have sued a newspaper called Rolling Stone, which on 2nd October 2010 called for the hanging of homosexuals.

In general, Kasha has emphasized that international law should be respected. She has consistently invoked international covenants that Uganda has ratified and the Government has failed to implement. Many countries in Africa have an environment that is extremely hostile for LGBT issues but Kasha continues to work there.

In 2007 she was brutally harassed at the World Social Forum in Nairobi after she spoke in front of 60,000 people about the respect and tolerance of homosexuals in the world. Later for appearing in the media she was again hackled, threatened and even attacked by people. Since then she has been shifting from house to house, afraid to stay long in the same place.

On 26 January 2011 one of her colleagues, gay activist David Kato Kato, was murdered following the publication of a “gay list” by the tabloid Rolling Stone calling for their hanging; in this black list Kasha Jacqueline’s name also appears.

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