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Egypt: Egyptian women’s rights lawyer Azza Soliman honored by committee of Allard Prize for International Integrity

October 2, 2017

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The committee of the Allard Prize for International Integrity has honored Egyptian women’s rights lawyer and co-founder of the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA), Azza Soliman, for her “life dedicated to fighting corruption and injustice faced by Egyptian women in both the private sphere and the judicial system.”

Soliman’s honoring came as she placed among three finalists for the prize who were selected following a comprehensive review of 244 nominations received from 70 countries.

As a co-founder and current trustee of CEWLA, Soliman has operated numerous campaigns to to raise awareness of women’s issues in Egypt and to promote gender equality through legislative reform over the past 25 years.

At a ceremony held on September 28 at the University of British Columbia, Khadija Ismayilova, an Azerbaijani anti-corruption investigative journalist, was announced the CAD $100,000 Allard Prize winner for 2017.

The two other finalists, Soliman of Egypt and an organization known as the “Car Wash Task Force” (Força Tarefa da Lava Jato), a Brazilian anti-corruption prosecutors’ group, were granted CAD $10,000 awards in their efforts in “fighting corruption and protecting human rights.”

The annual award, which is administered by the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, is decided by a committee composed of representatives of both the Allard School of Law and from the private sector.




https://secure.amnesty.nl/petitie_soliman (NEDERLANDS)

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Egypt/Brazil: Allard Prize for International Integrity awarded today (LIVESTREAM)

September 28, 2017

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Want to see the #AllardPrize ceremony but can’t make it in person? Check it out on Facebook Live today at 6.30pm Vancouver time: https://goo.gl/xDHgZC

Finalists include Brazil’s anti-corruption Lava Jato (Car Wash) Task Force which has successfully prosecuted and found guilty more than 100 businessmen and politicians, including former President Lula, and Egyptian human rights lawyer Azza Solimon.












https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Op%C3%A9ration_Lava_Jato (FRANCAIS)

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http://www.allardprize.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2017_allard_prize_finalists_br_portuguese.pdf (BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE)

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http://www.allardprize.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2017_allard_prize_finalists_-_final.pdf (ARABIC)

http://www.allardprize.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2017_allard_prize_finalists_azerbaijani.pdf (AZERBAIJANI)

Egypt/Brazil: 2017 Allard Prize for International Integrity – Livestream

September 22, 2017


Can’t make it to see the #AllardPrize for International Integrity Award Ceremony in person? Tune in at 6.30pm PST on September 28 to watch the live stream here.  There are three amazing finalists — a courageous rights defender (Egyptian human rights lawyer Azza Soliman), a tenacious anti-corruptoin prosecutorial team (Brazil’s Lava Jato/Car Wash), and an indomitable investigative journalist.

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Egypt/Brazil/Canada: The Allard Prize and The Case for Public Integrity

September 6, 2017

Peter Allard is heir to a fortune in Canada.

But instead of stashing in a bank or a hedge fund, Allard has decided to give much of it away.

Including $32 million to fund the law school at the University of British Columbia and to fund an $80,000 prize for international integrity.

The prize is awarded every two years — so far in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

This year’s prize winner will be announced September 28 in Vancouver.

Pulitzer prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald will give the keynote address.

So far, the prize has a bias in favor of anti-corruption fighters in the Third World.

In 2013, the finalists were Global Witness, which focuses on corruption in the Third World, an Afghan human rights activist, and the winner was an anti-corruption activist from India.

In 2015, the finalists were Indonesia Corruption Watch, a Russian anti-corruption activist, and the winners were two African anti-corruption investigative journalists.

This year, the finalists are the Brazilian Car Wash prosecution team, an Azerbaijani journalist and an Egyptian human rights worker.


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Lawyer and Women’s Rights Defender Azza Soliman is a finalist for the 2017 Allard Prize for International Integrity.

Soliman is a co-founder of the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance and has dedicated her life to fighting corruption and injustice faced by Egyptian women in both the private sphere and the judicial system.

She has worked to support women’s access to justice by using progressive interpretations of religion to influence legislation and combat the monopoly and corruption of religious institutions.

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On September 28th the dream team bringing down corruption in Brazil will be in Vancouver as finalists for the Allard Prize for International Integrity.

This Brazilian anti-corruption prosecution task force has worked to prosecute some of the most powerful Brazilian political leaders, including the popular former president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who was convicted of corruption and money laundering.

(Allard Prize For International Integrity Facebook)



Egypt: 2017 finalists for $100,000 Allard Prize for International Integrity: Brazilian prosecution task force, Azerbaijani journalist, Egyptian human rights lawyer

July 24, 2017

THE Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada has announced the three finalists for the 2017 Allard Prize for International Integrity. Created and funded by alumnus Mr. Peter A. Allard, Q.C., the C$100,000 biennial prize is one of the largest awards in the world recognizing efforts to combat corruption and promote human rights.

“Each of the 2017 Allard Prize finalists has demonstrated remarkable courage and leadership, taking significant risks not only for themselves but also for their families and friends, and making considerable personal sacrifices, to uphold transparency, accountability and the Rule of Law,” said Peter Allard. “We are honored to recognize their exceptional work in fighting corruption and protecting human rights, in the hope that doing so will inspire others to also fight abuses of power and the subversion of human rights.”

The winner of the Allard Prize will be announced at a special ceremony at the University of British Columbia’s Old Auditorium on September 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Azza Soliman – A renowned women’s rights lawyer, Azza Soliman is the co-founder of the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA). She has dedicated her life to fighting corruption and injustice faced by Egyptian women in both the private sphere and the judicial system. Soliman is one of the first liberal lawyers to work with Islamic groups, having been in the field of human rights and development for more than 12 years. The Egyptian government has curtailed Soliman’s freedom by freezing her private assets and banning her from traveling outside Egypt.