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The Martin Ennals Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2009 award for human rights defenders. The deadline is 9 December 2008.

The award, worth 20,000 Swiss Francs (US$17,500), is given annually to individuals or organisations that have 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 Mutabar Tojibaeva from Uzbekistan, who spent nearly three years in prison for her outspoken criticism of the 2005 massacre of mainly unarmed civilians by government forces in Andijan.

The award is named after Martin Ennals (1927-1991), the first ever secretary-general of Amnesty International.

To download a nomination form or get more information, visit: or email: info (@)

(8 October 2008)

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