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Martin Ennals Award

Martin Ennals Award:

This year it was awarded posthumously to pay homage to Father Stan Swamy, a Jesuit priest and tribal rights activist from Jharkhand who had been arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case.

  • Given by the Martin Ennals Foundation, based in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • It is regarded as the Nobel Prize for human rights defenders.
  • Ennals was a British activist who spent his life working to secure human rights across the world.
  • He was Secretary-General of Amnesty International from 1968 to 1980.
  • Ennals also co-founded several organisations, such as Article 19, International Alert and Huridocs and formed “the binding force between them”.