Voices for Justice - Human Rights Watch Annual Dinners
Honoring those who speak out where there is silence

Each year Human Rights Watch celebrates human rights defenders from around the world who put their lives at risk to protect the rights and dignity of others. Join us at the Voices for Justice Annual Dinners where we honor these courageous individuals who have received our highest tribute -- the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism – in recognition of their unwavering, fearless commitment to human rights.

This year, Voices for Justice Annual Dinners will be held in 21 locations worldwide: Amsterdam, Beirut, Berlin, Brussels, Chicago, Frankfurt, Geneva, Kuwait City, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Oslo, Paris, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Silicon Valley, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, and Zurich. We hope you will join us to celebrate these remarkable individuals and support the important global work of Human Rights Watch.

Meet the Defenders

Defender    © 2013 Human Rights Watch Hassan al-Amin, works to expose human rights abuse and promote democracy in Libya.
Defender    Photo Courtesy of Diaz Family Alina Diaz , co-founder and member of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, works to promote the rights of women farmworkers in the United States.
Defender    © 2011 Human Rights Watch

Abbé Benoît Kinalegu, head of the Catholic Church’s Peace and Justice Commission in northern Congo’s Haut-Uele District, works to document and expose abuses by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and rehabilitate its victims.

Defender    © 2011 Patricia Williams Consuelo Morales, director of Citizens in Support of Human Rights, works in Mexico to defend victims of human rights violations and hold their abusers accountable.
Defender   © 2009 Victor Affaro for Human Rights Watch Jacqueline Moudeïna, a Chadian lawyer and human rights activist, is leading the effort to bring to trial the former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré and to achieve justice for his victims.
Defender    © 2013 Human Rights Watch
Natalia Taubina is a Russian activist who works to protect victims of police abuse and bring transparency to law enforcement.



Learn more about the 2014 dinners and buy tickets online

Zurich March 19
Brussels March 25
Oslo March 26
Sydney April 3
Beirut April 3
Kuwait City April 6
Tokyo April 8
Frankfurt April 28
Berlin April 29



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