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Homo Homini Award

Homo Homini Award

Sapiya Magomedova, 2013 laureate

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People in Need have decided to award the Homo Homini 2013 to Sapijat Magomedova, young lawer working in Dagestan, for her great personal courage and sticking to her high principles with which she faces violence, personal threats and other real dangers that she exposes herself to in her job. Sapijat Magomedova represents clients in very sensitive cases that other lawyers refuse, as they fear for their safety. Four years ago, the police attacked her when she wanted to visit a client. The attack has not yet been investigated. The award was handed during the opening ceremony of the One World human rights documentary film festival in Prague on March 3, 2014.

Founded in 1992 and having worked in over 40 countries around the world, People in Need is predominantly focused on humanitarian, development and human rights support. It is also the organizer of the One World documentary film festival that has grown to be the largest showcase of human rights documentaries in the world. Until his passing away, the Homo Homini award has traditionally been handed over by the former Czech President Václav Havel.

Previous recipients of the Homo Homini Award

2012

Intigam Aliyev

He has presented almost 200 legal cases to the European Court of Human Rights; around 40 cases are currently awaiting trial. He has succeeded in a number of cases concerning voting rights, freedom of assembly, freedom of speech and the right to a fair trial. He has also offered legal assistance to people persecuted for participation in peaceful protests, uncovering corruption and publishing critical articles.
 

2011
Doctors Coordinate of Damascus

Underground network of Syrian doctors and medical staff known as Doctors Coordinate of Damascus were honored for the outstanding courage and effort they demonstrate when they put thier own lives at risk to help civilians who have been injured as a result of brutal repression by the current Syrian regime.
 
 
2010
Azimjan Askarov

The 2010 award went out to the Kyrgyz activist, Azimjan Askarov, for his continued work in human right defense. Askarov himself was sentenced to life imprisonment in a manipulated trial. The Homo Homini Award was presented to his son in his absence.
 
2009
Majid Tavakoli and Abdollah Momeni

Two detained Iranian student leaders, Majid Tavakoli and Abdollah Momeni, were awarded for the 2009 Homo Homini Award. Along with the imprisoned Iranian students, the organization has symbolically recognized the whole Iranian student movement.
 
2008
Liu Xiaobo

In March 2009, the 2008 Homo Homini Prize was awarded to the imprisoned dissident Liu Xiaobo and symbolically to all of the signatories of Charter 08. Liu Xiaobo is a leading Chinese intellectual and figure in the pro-democracy movement in China who is confronting ongoing persecution from the Chinese establishment with dialogue and non-violent resolution of conflicts.
 
2007
Su Su Nway, Phyu Phyu Thin, Nilar Thein

Su Su Nway is a member of the National League for Democracy. She was the first Burmese national to successfully sue local governmental officials over the issue of forced labor in 2004. Phyu Phyu Thin is a member of the National League for Democracy. She operates a clinic in Rangoon that provides treatment, medicine, and counseling to HIV and AIDS patients who were turned away from public hospitals.  Nilar Thein is a member of the 88 Student Generation Group. She has already been jailed twice for her pro-democracy activities – first in 1991 and second in 1998 when she, rather famously, slapped a policeman trying to block her way during one of the anti-governmental rallies that she co-organized.
 
2006
Svetlana Gannushkina

Primarily receiving the award for the courage and commitment with which she has consistently defended basic human rights over a long period of time. With her work and attitude, she has helped those who have been reduced to the status of “second class citizens” in a climate of growing racism and intimidation.

2005
Ales Bialacki and the Belarussian organisation Viasna

Viasna is a civic initiative that defends the rights of citizens in Belarus and provides assistance to the victims of politically motivated repression. Mr. Bialacki and Viasna have carried out projects in the past, regardless of the danger and recriminations posed by the Lukashenko regime.
 
2004
Gheorghe Briceag

A former prisoner of the Soviet Gulag and a life-long activist for the defense of human rights and the defense of other former Gulag prisoners in Moldova.
 
2003
Nataša Kandić

The founder of the Belgrade Center for Humanitarian Law and a courageous human rights defender dedicated to justice and uncovering crimes against humanity committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia.
 
2002
Thich Huyen Quang, Thich Quang Do and Nguyen Van Ly

Three leading defenders of human rights, democratic and religious freedoms in Vietnam.
 
2001
Zackie Achmat

A South African activist whose great personal efforts set off a campaign to lower the cost of drugs to fight AIDS in third-world countries.
 
2000
Min Ko Nain

A student leader and long-term political prisoner of the military regime in Burma.
 
1999
Oswaldo Payá Sardiňas

The central figure in the Cuban Christian opposition movement and a leading personality in the Varela Project.
 
1998
Ibrahim Rugova

The recently deceased leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo and president of Kosovo for his non-violent opposition to the Yugoslav regime.
 
1997
Szetó Wah

A leading politician from Hong Kong, who stands against the dictatorship in China and fights for democratization and the maintenance of human rights in Hong Kong.
 
1994
Sergej Kovaljov

The well-known Russian defender of human rights who was a force for mobilizing public opposition to the war in Chechnya.

 

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