Congratulations to the women activitsts from Yemen and Liberia who won the Nobel Peace Prize
"Yesterday, on the anniversary of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya's murder, while I was given this year's award in her name, three other women activists from conflict zones - Yemen and Liberia - received the Nobel Peace Prize. We are not only experiencing the "Arab Spring", but a "Women's Spring".
With John Sweeney (BBC), Elena Kudimova (Anna Politkovskaya's sister), Marina Goldovska (Director, 'A Bitter Taste of Freedom'), Leila Alikarami (The 2009 Recipient of the RAW in WAR Anna Politkovskaya Award on behalf of the One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality in Iran), Mariana Katzarova (founder of RAW in WAR) and many others in the audience who knew Anna. The event is organised by RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in WAR).
On the 7th of October 2006, Russian investigative journalist, who exposed the truth about the war in Chechnya, Anna Politkovskaya, was killed in Moscow. On the eve of 7 October, to mark the anniversary of her murder and to honour Anna and other women like her in the world, RAW in WAR presents the annual Anna Politkovskaya Award. The RAW in WAR Anna Politkovskaya Award celebrates women human rights defenders from conflict zones in the world who, like Anna, stand up for the victims, often at great personal risk. Anna lived a life of courage and truth-telling in the face of grave danger, just like her friend and the first recipient of the Anna Politkovskaya Award, Natalia Estemirova, who was murdered on 15 July 2009.
This year, the 2011 recipient of the Anna Politkovskaya Award will be announced on 6th October, and a week later, a special event honouring Anna, on the fifth anniversary of her murder, will be held at the Frontline Club. We will be remembering Anna and her work in pursuit of the truth with Anna’s sister, Elena Kudimova, John Sweeney, Marina Goldovskaya, Leila Alikarami, Mariana Katzarova, (founder of RAW in WAR), and many others in the audience, who knew Anna and her work.
We will be showing the film “A Bitter Taste of Freedom” about the life of Anna Politkovskaya, filmed by renowned Russian filmmaker, Marina Goldovskaya, who made this film by following and filming her friend, Anna Politkovskaya, over 20 years. “A Bitter Taste of Freedom” is a very personal portrait of Anna, which allows us to gain an understanding of her life beyond her profession. Interviewing Anna, but also her family and friends, Mariana Goldovskaya’s film gives an insight into Anna Politkovskaya’s ideas and motivations. An investigative journalist for Moscow's Novaya Gazeta, Anna Politkovskaya was determined to uncovering the crimes committed in the North Caucasus and became a spokesperson for the victims of the Chechen war.
Two years ago today, on 15 July 2009, Natalia Estemirova was abducted and murdered in Chechnya. For us this is a day to remember a dear friend and a colleague, and to send our condolences to her family.
But it is also a day to call for justice for her murder. Two years on, the investigation into her murder has been marred by allegations that the Russian authorities are not investigating all the leads which could help to establish the identity of her killer and those who stand behind him.
The Russian authorities claim she was killed by an armed Chechen fighter. We are not convinced that the authorities have done everything necessary to establish the truth about Natalia's murder. Her colleagues from the Human Rights Centre Memorial and from the newspaper Novaya Gazeta,( for which Natalia wrote, after her friend, Anna Politkovskaya, was murdered,) have conducted their own investigation and have found very little indication that the person named as Natalia's killer has anything to do with the crime.
On 14 July 2011, the Memorial Human Rights Center, the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and Novaya Gazeta published a report on shortcomings in the government’s investigation. The full text of the report is located on the website of HRC “Memorial”:
Natalia Estemirova fought against injustice and exposed the truth about attrocities in Chechnya. For this she paid with her life.
Natalia Estemirova was the first recipient of the RAW in WAR Anna Politkovskaya Award in 2007.
To honour our friend and colleague, we continue to call for justice for Natalia and for those who killed her and those who ordered her killing to be brought to justice. We will continue to re-print our open letter from 15 July 2009, the day Natasha was abducted and killed, until justice is done.
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