2015 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award goes to Natalia Taubina from Russia

October 21, 2015

On 7 October, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights announced that Ms. Natalia Taubina, a leading human rights defender from Russia, has been selected as the laureate of the 2015 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, now in its 32nd year.  “..I know my father would be proud of her work” said Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. “This award is not just a recognition, it is an opportunity to work hand in hand with human rights defenders to protect the rights and freedoms of the Russian people.

Natalia is the Director of the Public Verdict Foundation in Russia and is being recognized for her work to hold law enforcement agents accountable for human rights violations and support victims of torture in Russia. The Public Verdict Foundation litigates on behalf of citizens wrongfully arrested, beaten, tortured, and illegally detained by police. In 2014, the Russian government categorized the foundation as a “foreign agent”to publicly invalidate, shame, and render inoperable organizations with international ties. Natalia’s organization has resolutely fought this label in court and is committed to protecting human rights despite the government’s attempt to shut down civil society groups.

This recognition of our work is especially important today when civil society in Russia is under unprecedented pressure. The climate in which we now operate is hostile like never before. But victims of abuse in Russia need us, and we are not going to abandon them” said Natalia Taubina.

Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy will present Natalia with the 2015 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in Washington, D.C., in a ceremony on 19 November.

About the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award see their website or http://www.brandsaviors.com/thedigest/award/robert-f-kennedy-human-rights-award
For more info: cronin@rfkhumanrights.org

Source: | Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights

One Response to “2015 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award goes to Natalia Taubina from Russia”

  1. […] The RFK Human Rights Award was established in 1984. Laureates are chosen through an exhaustive annual nomination and selection process with nominations submitted from all over the world. Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights offers a small monetary prize to the recipient. While it is not a grant-making organization, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights forges strategic partnerships with the new laureates. For last year’s award see: https://humanrightsdefenders.blog/2015/10/21/2015-robert-f-kennedy-human-rights-award-goes-to-natali… […]

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