Human Rights Watch Honors Six Activists
Defenders Work to End Abuses in Cameroon, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, and Russia (New York) Six relentless and courageous advocates of human rights will be honored in November 2010, with the prestigious Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, Human Rights Watch said today. All six have faced substantial threats of violence or imprisonment, but they continue to speak out and to work to create a world in which people live free of violence, discrimination, and oppression.
Yoseph Mulugeta is the former secretary general of the Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRCO), Ethiopia’s leading rights monitoring organization, currently struggling to survive under a repressive new law that bans human rights work by organizations receiving foreign funding. When the EHRCO was threatened, Mulugeta applied for political asylum in the United States, where he continues to speak out about the realities behind the Ethiopian government’s democratic facade. Human Rights Watch honors Yoseph Mulugeta for his commitment to independent civil society in Ethiopia, where freedom of expression has been eviscerated.