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Egypt: Human Rights lawyer Mohammed Zaree a finalist for Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

October 6, 2017

Bonjour/Hello! Today we are sharing with you a preview of Mohamed Zaree‘s film portrait. He is one of our finalists. The full version will be aired on 10th October during the MEA ceremony at the University of Geneva, which is open to the public. #Egypt #FreedomOfAssociation

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 Organisé par la Ville de Genève et la Fondation Martin Ennals, le Prix Martin Ennals, créé en 1993, a pour objectif d’offrir une protection immédiate aux défenseur-e-s des droits humains, par la médiatisation de leur situation. Le Prix contribue également à l’amélioration de leurs conditions de travail à travers un soutien financier.

Considérée comme le « prix Nobel des droits humains », cette récompense est attribuée chaque année à une personne qui s’illustre de manière exceptionnelle dans le combat contre la violation des droits humains par des moyens courageux et innovants, souvent au péril de sa vie.

Trois finalistes sont choisi-e-s en mars par la communauté internationale desdroits humains (voir ci-dessous la composition du Jury du Prix), et le ou la lauréat-e reçoit le Prix en octobre lors d’une cérémonie. Ouverte au public, cette cérémonie est organisée par la Ville de Genève. Depuis 2013, elle s’inscrit dans le cadre de la Semaine des droits humains organisée à l’Université de Genève.

De courts documentaires sur la vie des finalistes seront projetés lors de cette soirée. Celle-ci se terminera par un apéritif offert par la Ville de Genève au cours duquel le public pourra interagir avec la communauté genevoise et internationale des droits humains.

Le Prix Martin Ennals est rendu possible grâce à une collaboration unique des dix plus importantes organisations non-gouvernementales au monde actives dans la protection des droits humains. Le jury est composé de : Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, FIDH, l’Organisation mondiale contre la torture (OMCT), Front Line Defenders, Human Rights First, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), HURIDOCS et EWDE Allemagne.

Pour plus d’information et inscription à la cérémonie: http://www.martinennalsaward.org/

Rencontre avec Karla Avelar le mercredi 11 octobre.



Organized by the City of Geneva and the Martin Ennals Foundation, the Martin Ennals Award, created in 1993, aims to provide immediate protection to human rights defenders through widespread media coverage of their work. The award also contributes to the improvement of their working conditions through financial support.

Considered the “Nobel Prize for human rights”, this award is given annually to an individual who demonstrates exceptional leadership in the fight against human rights violations in a courageous and innovative way, often risking his or her life.

Three finalists are chosen in March by the international human rights community (see below the Jury), and the winner receives the award in October at a ceremony. Open to the public, this ceremony is organized by the City of Geneva. Since 2013 it is part of the Human Rights Week held at the University of Geneva.

Short documentaries on the finalists and their work will be screened during the event. Following the event, the City of Geneva will host a reception, during which the public will be able to interact with the Geneva and international human rights community.

The Martin Ennals Award is possible thanks to a unique collaboration of the world’s ten largest non-governmental organizations active in the protection of human rights. The Jury consists of: Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, FIDH, World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), Front Line Defenders, Human Rights First, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), HURIDOCS and EWDE Germany.

For further information and registration to attend the ceremony: http://www.martinennalsaward.org/

Meet Karla Avelar on Wednesday October 11: https://www.facebook.com/events/164758884074627/ Rencontre avec Karla Avelar


Egypt: Three Human Rights Defenders selected as Finalists for the 2017 Martin Ennals Award

April 26, 2017

This award is selected by the International Human Rights Community (See Jury Below) and given to Human Rights Defenders who have shown deep commitment and courage in the face of personal risk. The aim of the award is to highlight their work and protect them through increased visibility.


Mohamed Zaree (Egypt)

Mohamed Zaree is the Egypt Country Director for the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), responsible for CIHRS’s legal research, media outreach and national advocacy. CIHRS’s work was influential in the Arab world particularly Egypt, which resulted in death threats to its director. This forced the CIHRS executive director and regional staff to move abroad to continue their work. Mohamed chose to stay and is now banned from travel. He is a legal scholar coordinating research to challenge laws designed to limit NGOs activities working on human rights, such as freedom of expression and assembly. He is widely seen a unifying figure bringing together the human rights community in Egypt to advocate with a common approach.

He stated “Our hopes were high following the Egyptian revolution in 2011; we don’t know how the situation has instead deteriorated to such an extent. Today, we are battling human rights violations that are worse than before 2011, and challenging the normalization and acceptance of these atrocities. Killing almost 1000 citizens in few hours, arresting almost 40,000 others, innocents dying in Egyptian prisons; is not the norm and we will not allow it to become so. We human rights defenders are fighting these abuses at risk of indefinite imprisonment.

The Award will be presented on October 10th at a ceremony hosted by the City of Geneva.