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The Front Line Defenders Award

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"We live in dark times. It seems we are assailed daily with fresh atrocities. Welcome to a celebration of the courage of those who bring light and love to our world."

Andrew Anderson, Executive Director

The annual Front Line Defenders Award was established in 2005 to honour the work of HRDs who are courageously making outstanding contributions to the promotion and protection of the human rights of others, often at great personal risk to themselves. The Award focuses international attention on the HRDs work, providing them with a greater national and international platform to speak about and advocate for their work.

From an open nomination process, 5 HRDs will be identified as regional award winners for Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe & Central Asia and the Middle East & North Africa, and from these 5 regional winners, an overall global Award laureate will be identified by a jury of Irish and European parliamentarians.

2019 Front Line Defenders Award for
Human Rights Defenders at Risk Winners


About the Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk

The annual Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk was established in 2005 to honour the work of a human rights defender who, through non-violent work, is courageously making an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of the human rights of others, often at great personal risk to themselves.

In 2014 the Al-Jazeera Media Network became the global media partner for the Front Line Defenders Award, giving much wider coverage of the ceremony and of the defender's work to a global audience.

The Award seeks to focus international attention on the human rights defender's work, thus contributing to the recipient’s personal security.


Previous Winners of the Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk

2019 Award Winners; Global Laureate: Badr Baabou, Tunisia

2018 Award Winners; Global Laureate: Nurcan Baysal, Turkey

2017 Emil Kurbedinov, Ukraine

2016 Ana Mirian Romero, Honduras

2015 Guo Feixiong, China

2014 SAWERA, Pakistan

2013 Biram Dah Abeid, Mauritania

2012 Razan Ghazzawi, Syria

2011 Joint Mobile Group, Russian Federation

2010 Soraya Rahim Sobhrang, Afghanistan

2009 Yuri Melini, Guatemala

2008 Anwar Al-Bunni, Syria

2007 Gégé Katana, Democratic Republic of Congo

2006 Ahmadjan Madmarov, Uzbekistan

2005 Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, Sudan