The Martin Ennals Foundation announced the 2022 Laureates including Vietnam's acclaimed human rights defender Pham Doan Trang.


Note:  Original texts in French.

The Martin Ennals Prize honors three human rights activists this year. Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang, Burkinabé Daouda Diallo and Bahraini Abdul-Hadi Al-Khawaja are rewarded, the Martin Ennals Foundation announced on Wednesday in Geneva.

"The jury has chosen three inspiring figures from the human rights movement", notes the president of the jury, Hans Thoolen. In Vietnam, Pham Doan Trang fought for fundamental freedoms for many years, before being recently sentenced to nine years in prison. The UN has called for his release, while the Ennals Foundation is worried about his health.

This activist "suffers from serious illnesses and has no access to a doctor or a lawyer", one of her advisers told the press. She was beaten by the police, an attitude that partially disabled her. This award is "the strongest message" for the authoritarian regime in Vietnam that the international community supports it, said his relative.

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