25 NGOs Give Rights Award to Ex-Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed
Nasheed thanks Amal Clooney, human rights lawyer, for helping to free him
Mohamed Nasheed today received the 2017 Geneva Summit Courage Award
In 2008, President Nasheed became the Maldives’ first democratically-elected president, before a 2012 coup d’etat reinstated dictatorship. He was brutally arrested in 2015, and sentenced to 13 years in prison. While in the UK for urgent medical treatment he received asylum in 2016.
Nasheed today joined top-name dissidents from Cuba, Russia, Turkey, Tibet, North Korea, Vietnam, Mauritania, Iran, Venezuela, who testified of abuses and urged the U.N.’s Human Rights Council, which opens its annual session next week, to address the human rights records of their home nations.
Powerful testimonies from today’s Geneva Summit speakers:
Antonietta Ledezma – Daughter of jailed Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma
Zhanna Nemtsova – Journalist, daughter of assassinated Russian dissident Boris Nemtsov
Can Dündar – Exiled Turkish editor who was jailed and targeted for assassination
Anastasia Zotova – Activist married to leading Russian political prisoner Ildar Dadin
Taghi Rahmani – Husband of jailed Iranian rights activist Narges Mohammadi
Chito Gascon, head of Philippines human rights commission, investigating President Duterte
Shirin – Yazidi survivor of ISIS sex slavery, author
El Sexto – Dissident Cuban graffiti artist just released from prison 4 weeks ago