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CAHR fellows alumni nominated for Dutch Human Rights Tulip

Posted on 23 August 2017

Two of CAHR's former visiting human rights defenders have been nominated for the Dutch government's prestigious Human Rights Tulip award.

Dina Meza (left) and Azza Soliman (right)

Dina Meza (CAHR fellow 2013, left) and Azza Soliman (CAHR fellow 2015/16, right) have been nominated for the Dutch government's annual human rights award, the Human Rights Tulip. The award celebrates individuals or organisations that "promote human rights worldwide in innovative ways". The aim of the award is to increase the public profile of the awardee's human rights work.

Dina Meza is a Honduran journalist who developed the online news platform Pasos de Animal Grande during her time at CAHR in spring 2013. The platform promotes freedom of expression in Honduras, a country where journalists face extra judicial killings and media is heavily censored.

Azza Soliman is an Egyptian lawyer, women's rights advocate and founder of the Centre for Egyptian Women's Legal Assistance (CEWLA). She was placed under a travel ban in December 2016 and her assets were frozen as a part of the Egyptian government's mounting attack on civil society. Her case is highlighted as part of Amnesty International's Brave campaign that focuses on human rights defenders.

Voting for the the Human Rights Tulip Award candidates starts on Monday 28 August 2017.