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The Reebok Human Rights Award
August 14, 2002

Nomination Application

"Human rights seeks to lend voice to the voiceless and to render visible the invisible," says Stacey Kabat, a long-time advocate for the rights of battered women. "The Reebok Human Rights Award helps activists achieve their goals by bringing international attention to the injustices that they've been fighting."

Kabat credits the Reebok Human Rights Award, which she received in 1992, with helping to highlight domestic violence as a human rights issue. "The award helped enormously by providing recognition to the importance of supporting battered women," she says. "For this, I will be eternally grateful to Reebok."

Members of the international community of non-governmental organisations are urged to nominate young men and women to receive the award. Candidates must be 30 years of age or younger. They cannot advocate violence or belong to an organization that advocates violence, and they must be working on an issue that directly relates to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Women and men of all races, ethnic groups, nationalities, and religious backgrounds are eligible.

Current recipients of the Reebok Human Rights Award, 2002

  • KAVWUMBU HACKACHIMA (AGE 27), ZAMBIA
    Kavwumbu Hackachima is a vocal advocate against child abuse in Zambia, who launched a multi-faceted program to address this growing problem.
  • MAILI LAMA (AGE 25), NEPAL
    Maili is a survivor of sex trafficking, who now works courageously to rescue other girls from forced prostitution in the notorious brothels of Bombay.
  • MALIKA ASHA SANDERS (AGE 27), UNITED STATES
    Malika is a grass roots activist who began fighting racial discrimination as a teenager in Selma, Alabama. Today, she leads a movement to develop a new generation of African American civil rights leaders.

Previous recipients of the Reebok Human Rights Award

2001

  • NDUNGI GITHUKU, KENYA
    Human rights defender who uses his talents as an artist (playwright, actor, songwriter, poet, and graphic designer) to educate the public about human rights issues in Kenya.
  • HEATHER BARR, UNITED STATES
    Advocate for the rights of persons with mental illness who are incarcerated in the country's prisons.
  • KODJO DJISSENOU, TOGO
    Activist working to raise the consciousness of young people and to mobilize the general public on human rights issues.
  • WILL COLEY, UNITED STATES
    Activist dedicated to fighting for the rights of refugees seeking political asylum in the US.

1999

  • JULIANNA DOGBADZI, GHANA
    Former fetish slave working to put a stop to the practice of Trakosi in Ghana.
  • TANYA GREENE, UNITED STATES
    Harvard Law School graduate fighting against the unjust application of the death penalty in the United States.
  • SUBA MESHACK, KENYA
    Leader at the forefront of the student rights movement working for democratic reforms in his home country.
  • KA HSAW WA, BURMA
    Activist fighting against the abuses committed against ethnic minorities in Burma.

1998

  • ABRAHAM GREBREYESUS, ERITREA
    Courageous landmine survivor who advocates the rehabilitation and reintegration of landmine survivors back into society.
  • RANA HUSSEINI, JORDAN
    Journalist who investigates and exposes the custom of "honor killings," the murder of women by their family members for supposed "immoral behavior."
  • VAN JONES, UNITED STATES
    Activist dedicated to curbing police harassment and brutality, and to creating organizations that empower citizens to monitor police practices.
  • DYDIER KAMUNDU, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
    Activist committed to protecting the human rights of all people in the turbulent and ethnically divided region of North Kivu.

1996

  • INNOCENT CHUKWUMA, NIGERIA
    Human rights activist who monitors, documents, publicises abuses by the police and lobbies for international sanctions against Nigeria's military government.
  • JESUS TECU OSORIO, GUATEMALA
    Massacre survivor and witness who seeks justice for rural Guatemalan victims of civil war and government oppression.
  • MA THIDA, BURMA
    Physician and writer serving a 20-year prison sentence for promoting human rights and political freedom in Burma.
  • CRAIG KIELBERGER, CANADA
    Youth in Action awardee who speaks out on behalf of enslaved children worldwide.

1995

  • ANGELA ELIZABETH BROWN, UNITED STATES
    Student/youth organizer and leader in the fight against environmental injustice throughout the Southern region of the United States.
  • MIGUEL ANGEL DE LOS SANTOS CRUZ, MEXICO
    Human rights lawyer committed to ensuring fair legal representation for Mexico's poor and indigenous population in Chiapas.
  • RICHARD NSANZABAGANWA, RWANDA
    Non-partisan human rights monitor and investigator working to bring peace to a post-genocide Rwanda.
  • VEN. PHUNTSOK NYIDRON, TIBET
    Buddhist nun and activist currently serving a 17-year prison term for peacefully demonstrating against China's occupation of Tibet.
  • BROAD MEADOWS MIDDLE SCHOOL, UNITED STATES
    Youth in Action awardee that raised funds to create a school for poor children in Pakistan.

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