The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) has awarded the 2014 Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award to political prisoners in Azerbaijan.
The "Theodor Haecker Prize for Political Courage and Sincerity - the Prize for International Human Rights from the City of Esslingen" is awarded biannually to individuals involved in the defence of human rights, promotion of democracy, freedom and peace.
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Leyla Yunus is the Director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD), an organisation promoting the rule of law and involved in conflict resolution and peace-building between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The human rights defender and her organisation have faced judicial harassment and intimidation in the past. Leyla Yunus was awarded the Theodor Haecker Prize in 2013 in recognition of her work in combatting corruption and promoting human rights and the rule of law.