The City of Geneva offers praises and support to the three galvanizers of the human rights movement- Pham Doan Trang, Dr. Daouda Diallo and Abdul-Hadi Al-Khawaja.  The three were proclaimed as the 2022 Martin Ennals Award Laureates by The Martin Ennals Foundation, the Jury and the City of Geneva as co-host.


The three Martin Ennals Award Laureates inspired many more to commit themselves to protect human rights. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Award Ceremony is postponed until June, 2nd 2022. The Martin Ennals Foundation, the Jury and the City of Geneva will meanwhile support the Laureates and celebrate their courage through other actions.

In Vietnam, Pham Doan Trang, a prominent journalist, fought for freedom of speech and civil rights before being convicted to nine years in prison.

Celebrating three galvanizers of the human rights movement

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. Human rights activists work tirelessly across the globe. Some of them bring such passion and charisma to their causes that they inspire others, thus mobilising the future generation of the movement. These exceptional activists are the ones nominated to the Martin Ennals Award. “In 2022, the Jury nominated three galvanizers of the human rights movement; courage is the connecting dot between them. ”, said Hans Thoolen, Chair of the Martin Ennals Award Jury.

The 2022 Laureates

  • 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.