Each year, human rights activists from all over the world come together to honor men and women for their services and contributions to activism.
This year, on Sunday, November 11, Human Rights Watch will present their highest honor, the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, to Salah Marghani from Libya and Abbé Benoît Kinalegu from the Democratic Republic of Congo. This award is given to individuals who put their lives at risk to protect others and their rights.
Salah Marghani is a lawyer and human rights activist who has worked to mobilize a group of lawyers that helped expose General Gaddafi‘s tyrannical acts and deliver victims of his cruelty to safety. He has also worked to unveil human rights violations from the past, secure files on the brink of destruction and challenge laws that have undermined freedom of speech.
Abbé Benoît Kinalegu works to bring to light the abuses committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel armed group responsible for extreme brutality, terrorism, killing and bodily harm. Kinalegu is also head of the Catholic Church’s Peace and Justice Commission in the Haut Uele District in northern Congo, and has helped create a high-frequency radio Early Warning Network to report LRA attacks and movements.
The Human Rights Watch Annual Dinner will take place on November 11 at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort. The dinner begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, dessert and coffee. Sponsorship packages and individual tickets are available if you would like to help honor these two individuals for their incredible contributions to the world of human rights.
For more information on Human Rights Watch and its honorees, please click here or call Hava Manasse at 805/284-4232.
-Taylor Micaela Davis