Staunch human rights defender and prominent dissident Pham Doan Trang is named as one of the 2022 Martin Ennals awardees by a panel of jury made up of members of 10 well-known human rights organizations.


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The Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang, the human rights activist in Bahrain Abdul-Hadi Al-Khawaja and the doctor Dauda Diallo, from Burkina Faso, are the three finalists this year for the prestigious Martin Prize Ennals, as announced today by the organizers of the award.

The three nominees fight for fundamental freedoms in their respective countries and two of them (Trang and Al-Khawaja) are in prison because of their activism, reported the Martin Ennals Foundation, which has awarded these awards since 1994.

The award jury, made up of members of 10 well-known human rights organizations, highlighted the extraordinary legacy these people leave behind and their courage to inspire others.

Trang, 43 years old and detained since 2020, became one of the visible faces of the opposition to the authoritarian regime in Vietnam.

The journalist, through media such as the Luat Khoa and Liberal publishing houses, denounced various human rights violations that occur in her country and tried to make public opinion aware of their fundamental rights.

This led to a nine-year prison sentence for "propaganda against the state."

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