Pham Doan Trang is one of the three recipients of the Martin Ennals Award, considered to be the Noble Prize for Human Rights.


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Each year, the Martin Ennals Award provides recognition and protection to human rights defenders who strive for freedom, justice, equality and accountability in their communities and countries, often at the risk of their own lives.

  • Pham Doan Trang is a leading journalist, editor and democracy advocate in Vietnam, where the Communist Party has left little room for opposition voices to flourish. She directed several independent media outlets to raise awareness amongst Vietnam’s citizens of their fundamental rights galvanising many other journalists and human rights defenders to speak up. She was one of the most hunted activists in her country before being arrested in October 2020. On 14 December 2021, Pham Doan Trang was sentenced to nine years in prison for “conducting propaganda against the state”. There are growing concerns about her health.

Commendations for 2022 Martin Ennals Laureate Pham Doan Trang from Irene Khan, UN Special Rapporteur Freedom  of Opinion & Expression

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