Rights Activists Honored

2016 Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism Honorees. Clockwise: Pierre Claver Mbonimpa (Burundi), Ratnaboli Ray (India), Nicholas Opiyo (Uganda), Kalpona Akter (Bangladesh), Yonous Muhammadi (Greece)
2016 Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism Honorees. Clockwise: Pierre Claver Mbonimpa (Burundi), Ratnaboli Ray (India), Nicholas Opiyo (Uganda), Kalpona Akter (Bangladesh), Yonous Muhammadi (Greece)

(New York) – Four courageous and tireless advocates for human rights are the 2016 recipients of the prestigious Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, Human Rights Watch said today.

The winners, leading voices for justice in their countries, are Kalpona Akter, a former child worker in Bangladesh garment factories who organized fellow garment workers to demand fair labor rights; Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, who has dedicated his life to denouncing rights violations against prisoners, activists, and people from all social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds in Burundi; Yonous Muhammadi, who fled the Taliban in Afghanistan, was granted asylum in Greece, and has become a leading defender of refugee rights there; and Ratnaboli Ray, who is fighting to move India toward a rights-based system of care for people with mental health conditions. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

SOURCES: Human Rights Watch

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.