The Joint Mobile Group that supports victims of human rights violations in Chechnya has been selected as Laureate of the 2013 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. Mario Joseph and Mona Seif have been recognised with Martin Ennals Prizes.
The Martin Ennals Award is selected by the International Human Rights Community (See Jury Below) and given to Human Rights Defenders who have shown deep commitment and face great personal risk. The aim of the award is to provide protection through international recognition.
The Joint Mobile Group
After the murder of several human rights activists working in Chechnya, Igor Kalyapin started the Joint Mobile Group. To reduce the risk they send investigators on short missions to Chechnya to document Human Rights abuses. This information is then used to publicise these abuses to seek legal redress. Igor Kalyapin speaking of the effect of international publicity said:
… when the international community is watching us it is more difficult for the authorities to take steps against us…
Mona Seif and Mario Joseph
The Jury also selected two recipients of the New Martin Ennals Prizes.
Core founder of the” No To Military Trials for Civilians”, Mona Seif has brought together activists, lawyers, victims’ families, local stakeholders and started a nationwide movement against military trials.
Mario Joseph, referred to as Haiti’s most important Human Rights lawyer, he has worked on some of the most important cases in Haiti, including the current case against the former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier.
About the Martin Ennals Award
The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders (MEA) is a unique collaboration among ten of the world’s leading human rights organizations to give protection to human rights defenders worldwide. The Jury is composed of the following NGOs:
- Amnesty International,
- Human Rights Watch,
- Human Rights First,
- Int’l Federation for Human Rights,
- World Organisation Against Torture,
- Front Line Defenders
- International Commission of Jurists,
- German Diakonie,
- International Service for Human Rights
Moreover, a panel of regional NGOs supported the jury. The panel consists of:
- African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies,
- Asian Human Rights Commission,
- Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies,
- Civil Rights Defenders,
- East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defender Project,
- Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network,
- Human Rights House Foundation.