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The Netherlands: LAST DAY TO VOTE! #HumanRightsTulip

September 5, 2017

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Show your support for Human Rights Defenders by voting for your favourite candidate today! To vote, go to: www.humanrightstulip.nl/candidates-and-voting

#HumanRights #WeAreAllHumanRightsDefenders Nederland, Mensenrechten en de VN

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Pakistan/The Netherlands: Mirza Shahzad nominated for Tulip Award

August 31, 2017

Mirza Shahzad nominated for Tulip Award

Human Rights Tulip award has nominated Mirza Shahzad Akbar from Pakistan for his exceptional efforts to fight the extreme human rights abuses that Pakistani citizens are facing.

Mirza Shahzad is founder and director of the Foundation for Fundamental Rights. He is known to be the first lawyer on ground to protect civilian drone strike victims, which started in 2004 during President Pervaiz Musharraf’s era. He aimed to challenge the US covert drone strikes in non-combat zones.

Akbar also fights to end the practice of enforced disappearances, abolition of the death penalty in Pakistan, litigating cases of strategic significance with a view to saving lives and creating systemic change. He further spearheads the ground-breaking work of his foundation to abolish the death penalty for drug offences in Pakistan. Finally, Akbar is involved in other human-rights regarding public interest litigation including issues such as torture, gender and land rights.

The Human Rights Tulip is an award of the Dutch government, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for courageous human rights defenders who promote and support human rights in innovative ways. The prize is intended to help human right defenders to learn from each other.



China/The Netherlands: Detained Rights Lawyer Wang Quanzhang Shortlisted for Tulip Rights Award

August 30, 2017

Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has been named among the ten shortlisted nominees for the Dutch Foreign Ministry’s Human Rights Tulip award. The annual €100,000 prize recognizes “individuals or organizations that promote human rights worldwide in innovative ways” in order “to support human rights defenders and organizations, boost the visibility of their work and inspire others.” The current public vote, which closes on September 6, will select three finalists from whom the Dutch foreign minister will pick the winner.

Wang remains in custody awaiting trial more than two years after the 2015 Black Friday or 709 crackdown on  and activists, long after others have been released or tried. According to ChinaChange, “no one has heard, seen or spoken with Wang for over 700 days. Reliable sources have claimed that he has been subjected to electro-shock torture, amongst other forms of torture. Wang has refused to admit guilt or incriminate others.” His wife, Li Wenzu, has become a key member of a loose alliance of relatives that has opened a “new front” in advocacy for political detainees.

The Tulip award site describes Wang’s work as follows:

 has pioneered the use of social media in his approach to human rights defense, using public advocacy in tandem with legal representation. He promotes the idea that in China reliance on the law itself is insufficient to protect basic human rights and presses for change. He is actively training and working together with other rights defense lawyers, locally-based ‘barefoot’ lawyers, and victims, to develop a social movement.  is the founder of a system of legal aid stations, which at one point spanned 10 provinces, where key “barefoot” lawyers offered pro-bono legal aid to victims in their home communities. Through this program, over 1,000 public interest lawsuits were filed, including province-level changes to law and procedure. Besides these initiatives, Wang has developed the Urgent Action program, setting up and providing an infrastructure for lawyers and Human Right Defenders who seek financial support for the cases they work on, as well as providing direct financial assistance to HRDs at risk or to their families. In this way he institutionalizes support for the larger community.



Egypt/The Netherlands: Egyptian human rights lawyer Azza Soliman candidate for Dutch Human Rights Tulip 2017 Award – Vote Azza!

August 29, 2017

Azza Soliman

Azza Soliman is an Egyptian women’s rights defender and human rights lawyer. She is also one of the pioneers of Islamic feminism in Egypt.


Ms. Soliman founded the Centre for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA) to provide legal assistance for women who are survivors of violence, abuse or come from marginalized communities such as refugees and victims of trafficking. Through the legal assistance offices affiliated to her organisation, vulnerable women have access to free legal, as well as psychosocial support, and are able to rebuild their lives. CEWLA also works on combatting female genital mutilation, incest and child marriage.

The importance of her academic work and policy recommendations are highly recognised, even by legislators and religious leaders. This is why Azza Soliman is able to stir community dialogue on the most sensitive issues.

In the context of an increasing restrictive policy towards civil society, the new NGO law severely hampers the work of civil society in Egypt. In this political climate, Azza Soliman remains one of the most vocal and critical Human Rights Defenders. The Egyptian government is investigating Azza Soliman in the case known as the ‘foreign funding case’ targeting several well-known Egyptian NGOs and human rights defenders. As a result, she was issued a travel ban and the freezing of both her personal assets as well as the assets of her law firm. Azza Soliman now faces a life-long imprisonment because of her brave human rights work.





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https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azza_Soliman (FRANCAIS)

 تم ترشيح الأستاذة عزة سليمان رئيسة مجلس أمناء المؤسسة لجائزة تيوليب لحقوق الإنسان.
جائزة تيوليب لحقوق الإنسان هي جائزة سنوية مقدمة من الحكومة الهولندية تمنح لمؤسسات وأفراد شجعان يقومون بتعزيز ونشر ثقافة حقوق الإنسان بشكل مبدع. هدف الجائزة وضع عملهم القيم والجدير بالإعجاب تحت الأضواء العامة. تعمل وزارة الخارجية الهولندية مع “العدالة والسلام” للإختيار ودعم الفائز(ة) وسيقوم وزير الخارجية الهولندي بتقديم الجائزة في اليوم العالمي لحقوق الانسان 10 ديسمبر.
خطوات التصويت:
1- ستم الضغط على الرابط أدناه
2- يتم الضغط بالموافقة على الشروط
3- تظهر خانة لوضع الإيميل ثم خانة أخرى لوضع أرقام تأكيدية ثم يتم الضفط على التأكيد confirm
4- سيتم إرسال ايميل لتأكيد التصويت، الرجاء العودة لإيميلك ثم الضغط على التأكيد مرة أخرى لإتمام التصويت – (من المهم جدا الضغط على التأكيد من داخل الايميل وإلا لن يحسب الصوت)

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China/The Netherlands: Vote human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang for 2017 Tulip Award!

August 28, 2017

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After you have voted please make a tweet or announcement elsewhere that you have voted. We hope this will also generate attention. We recommend the following short message but feel free to write your own if you wish:
I just voted to give a #Tulip4Wang. Give #WangQuanzhang the Dutch #Humanrightstulip and tell China it’s time to set him free. Show your support and vote at:



A new torture in China

China/The Netherlands: Vote Wang!

August 28, 2017

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Human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, who has been disappeared by the Chinese state since August 2015, has been shortlisted for the Dutch Human Rights Tulip Award. Public voting begins on 28 August and lasts until 6 September. He needs your support and your vote! https://www.humanrightstulip.nl/

https://www.humanrightstulip.nl/candidates-and-voting/wang-quanzhang (VOTING)



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人權律師#王全璋入圍享有聲望的#荷蘭#人權捍衛者鬱金香獎,我們需要你的支持! 請幫忙給一個#Tulip4Wang。

王全璋通過他的勇敢和改革創新詮釋了人權捍衛者鬱金香獎的精神。在過去十幾年,王全璋致力於發展為維權社區提供培訓,教學,協助的機構和機制,同時還在中國各地開展培訓 了幾百位律師和人權捍衛者培訓項目的NGO聯合創始人,也是在中國的少數面臨其他人不敢碰而王為了當事人的權益絕不退縮的少數律師之一,這些當事人包括#基督教領袖到 法輪功學員


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https://www.humanrightstulip.nl/candidates-and-voting/wang-quanzhang (VOTING)

China/The Netherlands: #Tulip4Wang


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人權律師#王全璋入圍享有聲望的#荷蘭#人權捍衛者鬱金香獎,我們需要你的支持! 請幫忙給一個#Tulip4Wang。

王全璋通過他的勇敢和改革創新詮釋了人權捍衛者鬱金香獎的精神。在過去十幾年,王全璋致力於發展為維權社區提供培訓,教學,協助的機構和機制,同時還在中國各地開展培訓 了幾百位律師和人權捍衛者培訓項目的NGO聯合創始人,也是在中國的少數面臨其他人不敢碰而王為了當事人的權益絕不退縮的少數律師之一,這些當事人包括#基督教領袖到 法輪功學員


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