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A photo exhibition honors human rights defenders

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome, 18.12.2017, 12:44 Uhr
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Rome [ENA] Since 1988 the European Parliament has been granting the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to individuals and organisations that have made an extraordinary contribution to the fight for human rights. The Sakharov Prize has been paying homage to human rights defenders for the last 30 years. On the 30th anniversary of the Sakharov Prize, the European Parliament, in collaboration with Magnum photos, has launched

a new documentary project, a photo exhibition exhibiting the life and work of four different activists and Sakharov Fellows who personified, through their actions, the quintessence of freedom of thought and expression. These are the stories of four activists who have dedicated their lives to freedom. Asma Kaouech, a young Tunisian activist fighting to prevent young people from becoming radicalized. The association she created, Fanni Raghman Anni, offers to young Tunisians the chance to express themselves through street theatre, workshops, and cultural activities. Asma Kaouech Association has been photographed by Newsha Tavakolian.

The Cambodian Samrith Vaing, photographed by Jérôme Sessini, travels to remote villages, documenting the life of indigenous minorities struggling with forced deportation and talking to them about their rights. Their way of life is endangered by destructive and unregulated agribusiness that puts profit ahead of the local populations. Jadranka Miličević is a Bosnian former refugee from the war in Bosnia in the 1990s and a permanent women’s rights activist. She travels from village to village meeting women in misery. She helps them to take control of their lives, become independent and aware of their rights.

Through her foundation and the workshops she coordinates, she promotes gender equality and the positive development of society through education and culture. Miličević visits women she galvanizes through her foundation and the workshops she runs routinely. Her activity has been photographed by Bieke Depoorter. Ameha Mekonnen, an Ethiopian former civil servant turned human rights lawyer, helps journalists opposing censorship from government authorities. His daily life is a continuous and dangerous battle to defend the freedoms of thought, expression and the right to criticize, demonstrate and protest. In this case photographies are by Enri Canaj.

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