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2018 Front Line Defenders Award

Front Line Defenders today announced the five winners of its 2018 Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk, naming Soni Sori (India), Nurcan Baysal (Turkey), the LUCHA movement (Democratic Republic of Congo), La Resistencia Pacífica de la Microregión de Ixquisis (Guatemala), and Hassan Bouras (Algeria) as the Regional Winners.

UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore presented Nurcan Baysal, who was named the Global Laureate for 2018, with the Award during a ceremony at Dublin’s City Hall.

“The defenders we’re honouring today work in some of the most dangerous areas of the world, sacrificing their own security to peacefully demand justice and human rights for their communities,” said Andrew Anderson, Executive Director of Front Line Defenders, as he announced the winners in Dublin.

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2018 award winners




Front Line Defenders is happy to announce the call for participation in the Human Rights Defenders World Summit 2018 taking place on the 29, 30 and 31 of October 2018 in Paris, France.

The Human Rights Defenders World Summit 2018 will celebrate the achievements of the last 20 years and look forward to the next two decades. It is the main goal of this Summit that, 20 years from now, in 2038, a new generation of HRDs will look back and see this event as marking the transition to a new paradigm to approaching the security and protection of HRDs. More information can be found on the Summit website as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

If you are a human rights defender, you too can become a member of the delegation for the Human Rights Summit 2018.

Until September 1, 2018, a call will be open to all parties interested in participating to the Summit or nominating a representative HRD. The aim of this open-call is to reach out to the most isolated and less connected defenders, traditionally underrepresented, members of less visible categories and groups or profiles of special concern. This call is, thus, very important to ensure and reinforce the representativeness, inclusiveness and diversity of the Summit’s participants.

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