UN / HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE

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The United Nations honoured three individuals and one organization for their outstanding contributions in the field of human rights granting them the 2018 United Nations Human Rights Prize, which has been given every five years since 1968. UNIFEED

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STORY: UN / HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE
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DATELINE: 18 DECEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

18 DECEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3. Wide shot, Guterres being seated at dais
4. Med shot, prize winners
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Human rights defenders give voice to the voiceless and shield the powerless against injustice. They stand for all rights – economic, civil, political, social and cultural. They support the rule of law or work peacefully to change laws so women and girls, indigenous communities, minorities and other marginalized groups may exercise their rights. They work to empower people through education. And they help to protect other human rights defenders from harassment, intimidation or arrest. We salute them all.”
6. Various shots, Rebeca Gyumi receiving award
7. Various shots, Munizai Jahangir receiving award on behalf of late mother
8. Various shots, Joênia Wapichana receiving award
9. Various shots, Maryam Al-Khawaja receiving award on behalf of Front Line Defenders
10. Med shot, prize winners
11. Pan right, Michelle Bachelet, María Fernanda Espinosa, and António Guterres standing with prize winners
12. Wide shot, UN officials congratulating prize winners

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The United Nations honoured three individuals and one organization for their outstanding contributions in the field of human rights granting them the 2018 United Nations Human Rights Prize, which has been given every five years since 1968.

In the award ceremony today (18 Dec) which also marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UN chief António Guterres saluted all human rights defenders adding that they “give voice to the voiceless and shield the powerless against injustice.”

Guterres said human rights defenders often face danger in their work, including murder, disappearances, torture, arbitrary imprisonment and other attempts to silence them, yet they remain committed to shining a light on the dark corners of the globe, wherever human rights violations occur.

This year’s Prize was awarded to Rebeca Gyumi from Tanzania, an activist for education rights for girls; the late human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir from Pakistan; Joênia Wapichana, Brazil’s first indigenous woman lawyer; and Front Line Defenders from Ireland, working to protect human rights defenders at risk.

The awardees share this honorary prize with other notable defenders who have received it during the past 50 years, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Malala Yusafzai and this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winners, Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, as well as organizations such as Amnesty International and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
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