Batwa: Human Rights Defender to Receive Award
Batwa defender Pierre Claver to receive Martin Ennals Award 2007 for his courageous work against human rights violations.
Below are extracts from an article published by Earth Times:
WASHINGTON, 3 May 2007 - Amnesty International, as one of the members on the Jury of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders (MEA), announces that the 2007 Laureates are:Rajan Hoole and Kopalasingham Sritharan, co-founders of the University Teachers for Human Rights (UTHR), Jaffna, have monitored and documented in regular reports the human rights abuses committed by the Sri Lanka Government as well as the Tamil Tigers (LTTE).
Pierre Claver Mbonimpa served as a policeman in
The Chairman of the Jury of the MEA, Hans Thoolen, describes the laureates as "symbols of the human rights movement in their respective countries, where standing up for human rights and democracy is a dangerous activity". He draws attention to the laureates' principled stand to effectively cover abuses committed by both sides in the conflict. The eleven organizations on the Jury of the Martin Ennals Award call on the Governments of Sri Lanka and
MEA: the main award of the human rights movement. The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders (MEA) is a unique collaboration among eleven of the world's leading human rights organizations to give protection to human rights defenders worldwide. The Jury is composed of the following NGOs: Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, International Federation for Human Rights, World Organization Against Torture, International Service for Human Rights, Front Line, International Commission of Jurists, Diakonie