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Jailed activist Stella Nyanzi wins human rights award

May 15, 2019, 4:48 p.m.
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Country: Uganda

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The award was received by Dr Nyanzi’s daughter Bah Baraka on behalf of her mother who is currently detained in Luzira Prison for allegedly using Facebook to disturb the peace of President Museveni

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Jailed Makerere University Research Fellow Dr Stella Nyanzi flanked by her lawyer Isaac Semakadde (left) and a prison warder at court recently. FILE PHOTO 

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Every year, Solidarity Uganda, a non-profit organization, awards strategic, courageous, and progressive member of society for their contributions towards social and political change.

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By AMOS NGWOMOYA

KAMPALA. Social activist Dr Stella Nyanzi has been awarded by Solidarity Uganda for being a consistent human rights defender.

The award was received by Dr Nyanzi’s daughter Bah Baraka on behalf of her mother who is currently detained in Luzira Prison for allegedly using electronic communication to disturb the peace of President Museveni.

While giving out the award on Monday, Jane Asinde, the programmes manager at Solidarity Uganda noted that Dr Nyanzi has embodied the essence of a brave activist, adding that she is not afraid to stand alone against any injustice.

She also said that despite being ‘politically harassed’ for fighting against injustice in the country, Dr Nyanzi remains true to her own values, something she said, is an inspiration to many activists.

“Dr Nyanzi has taught us that injustice negatively affects the day-to-day life of young girls, and that struggling for political liberation overlaps with building the power, confidence and, and freedom of the young, the sick, and others who are systematically neglected,”.

She added: “This is a woman who is true to herself even when passive conservative segments of society defame her. She has leveraged her privilege on behalf others in ways most of us would not”.

Every year, Solidarity Uganda, a non-profit organization, awards strategic, courageous, and progressive member of society for their contributions towards social and political change.

Dr Stella Nyanzi's daughter Bah Baraka receives the award on her behalf. On the left looking on is Mr Dennis Komakech who was also awarded for using his activism to fight against land grabbing in Northern Uganda. PHOTO BY AMOS NGWOMOYA

The awards are divided into two categories; activist of the year which is given to an activist in Uganda for frontline work of activism and the community organizer of the year award which is given to an organizer that has mobilized many people to practice collective non-violent civil resistance.

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