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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR MARTIN ENNALS HUMAN RIGHTS AWARDS

The Martin Ennals Foundation invites individuals or organisations working in the field of human rights to submit nominations for the 2008 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.

The award, worth 20,000 Euros (US$29,000), is given annually to an individual or an organisation who has demonstrated an exceptional record of combating human rights violations by courageous and innovative means. Special consideration is given to those who are at risk and in need of immediate protection.

Winners are chosen by an international jury made up of 10 leading human rights NGOS, including Human Rights Watch. This year's awards went to Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, a policeman-turned-human-rights defender in Burundi, and two Sri Lankan professors, Rajan Hoole and Kopalasingham Sritharan, who have been monitoring violations by all warring parties in their country for the past 18 years.

The deadline for submitting nominations for next year's awards is 9 December 2007.

To download a nomination form or obtain more information, visit: http://www.martinennalsaward.org/en/nomination/index.html or email: [email protected]

(13 November 2007)

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