US State Department gives out International Women of Courage Awards 2016

April 8, 2016

Missing in action: Wheelchair-bound human rights advocate Ni Yulan failed to attend the awarding ceremony in the U.S. She told the BBC that her passport was withheld.Photo U.S. Department of State/Flickr

Human rights lawyer and activist Ni Yulan became one of the 2016 recipients of the International Women of Courage Awards conferred by the U.S. Department of State on 29 March. The wheelchair-bound human rights lawyer Ni Yulan from China was not present; she he told the BBC that her passport was withheld.  Yulan Ni won the Dutch Human Rights Tulip in 2011.[]

She shares the 2016 recognition from the USA with 13 other women:

Thelma Aldana (Attorney General, Guatemala)
Nihal Naj Ali Al-Awlaqi (Minister of Legal Affairs, Yemen)

Nisha Ayub (Transgender Rights Advocate, Malaysia) […]
Debra Baptist-Estrada (Port Commander, Belize Immigration and Nationality, Belize)
Sara Hossain (Barrister, Supreme Court, Bangladesh)
Nagham Nawzat (Yezidi Activist and Gynecologist, Iraq)
Zhanna Nemtsova (Journalist and Activist, Russia)
Vicky Ntetema (Executive Director of Under the Same Sun, Tanzania)
Awadeya Mahmoud (Founder and Chair of the Women’s Food and Tea Sellers’ Cooperative and the Women’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative for Khartoum State, Sudan)
Fatimata M’baye (Co-founder and President of the Mauritanian Association for Human Rights, Mauritania)
Zuzana Stevulová (Director of the Human Rights League, Slovakia)
Rodjaraeg Wattanapanit (Bookstore Owner and Co-founder of Creating Awareness for Enhanced Democracy, Thailand)
Latifa Ibn Ziaten (Interfaith Activist, France)

“Every one of these women who are here today and those who were celebrated previously have all dedicated their lives to the pursuit of justice,” said USA Secretary of State John Kerry during his speech.

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