Breaking News: Final Nominees of the 2016 Martin Ennals Award are known

April 27, 2016

Just now the Martin Ennals Foundation announced that the three Final Nominees of the 2016 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders are: new MEA_logo with text Zone 9 Bloggers
Kality prison which holds many journalists and political prisoners has 8 zones. Zone 9 is a metaphorical expression for Ethiopia as a whole where political freedoms are restricted. They write opinion pieces and feature articles that are focused on constitutionalism, economic, educational and cultural issues in. They document human rights abuses and violations of law by both state and non-state actors. Furthermore, they shed light onto the situation of political prisoners in Ethiopia. Two weeks after creating their blog, it was blocked; and six of the members were arrested and charged with terrorism. Although they have now been released, three are in exile while those still in Ethiopia are banned from travel.Zone 9 blogger

Ilham Tohti
A renowned Uyghur intellectual in China, he has worked for two decades to foster dialogue and understanding between Uyghurs and Chinese. He has rejected separatism and sought reconciliation based on a respect for Uyghur culture. Beginning in 1994, he began to write about problems and abuses in Xinjiang, which led to official surveillance. From 1999 to 2003 he was barred from teaching, after posting information on Uyghurs who had been arrested, killed and “disappeared” during and after protests. Ilham Tohti’s was arrested on January 15, 2014. He was charged with separatism and sentenced to life imprisonment after a two-day trial.

Tohti Ilham




Razan Zaitouneh
A prominent human rights lawyer, activist, and journalist in Syria, Razan has dedicated her life to defending political prisoners, documenting crimes against humanity, and helping others free themselves from oppression. This resulted in a travel ban in 2002. Following the beginning of the conflict in 2011, she founded the Violations Documentation Center (VDC), which documents the death toll and treatment in Syria’s prisons. With the VDC, she compiled lists of those detained, executed, and disappeared. On December 9, 2013, a group of masked gunmen stormed the VDC office in Douma, a city near Damascus and kidnapped Razan along with her husband, Wael Hamada, and two colleagues. Their whereabouts remain unknown.Razan Zeitouneh



For more information such as the full press release (English, French, Amharic, Arabic, and Chinese), bios in English, French and the language of the finalist, photos and a short video, see 

6 Responses to “Breaking News: Final Nominees of the 2016 Martin Ennals Award are known”

  1. […] Uyghur human rights defender and democracy activist Dolksun Isa is disappointed with India’s cancellation of his visa after issuing it. In an interview to Tehelka Correspondent Riyaz Wani on 12 May 2016, Isa says he is a strictly non-violent campaigner for Uyghur rights and China‘s attempt to label him a terrorist is to delegitimize the human rights work that he does to support the Uyghur community. Very much in one with the work of MEA 2016 nominee Ilham Tohti […] […]

  2. […] See also:… […]

  3. […] Ilam Totti, a peaceful advocate of China‘s Uyghur minority,  is serving a life sentence in prison. He was convicted on charges of “separatism” for co-founding the website Uyghur Online, designed to promote understanding between Uyghurs and Han Chinese. He was nominated by MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk and 42 other MEPs. Ilam Totti – also spelled as Ilham Totti – was announced on 27 April as one of the Final Nominees of the MEA […] […]

  4. […] Ennals Foundation […] and the European […]

  5. […] For last yea’s announcement see:… […]

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