The U.S. Department of State has announced the winners of the 2012 Human Rights Awards. The joint winners of the Human Rights Defenders Award are Syrian human rights activist Hanadi Zahlout and the Iraqi NGO Hammurabi Human Rights Organization.
The Human Rights Defenders Award is given to individuals or non-governmental organizations that have shown exceptional valor and leadership in advocating for the protection of human rights and democracy in the face of government repression. Human rights activist Hanadi Zahlout organized peaceful protests in the beginning of the Syrian revolution and continues to work for a peaceful democratic transition in Syria.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer