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Join us in supporting the efforts of this year's Anna Politkovskaya Award winner, Vian Dakhil, and sign our petition urging the UN Member States to take urgent steps to end the abuse and violence against women and girls in Iraq.

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RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in WAR) calls on the international community, the United Nations and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to do their utmost to stop Islamic State in Iraq and Syria from committing atrocities against the civilian population and to stop waging a war against women. Members of ethnic and religious minorities, such as the Yazidi, are being kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam, or sold as slaves and frequently killed. 

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Press Release: Marie Colvin winner of the 2012 Anna Politkovskaya Award PDF E-mail


Marie Colvin

(The United States)

IS THE WINNER OF THE 2012 RAW in WAR ANNA POLITKOVSKAYA AWARD

for women journalists and/or human rights defenders from war and conflict

Today, Friday 5th October, Reach All Women in WAR (RAW in WAR) celebrates the life of Marie Colvin, the American journalist who died while covering the conflict in Syria earlier this year. Ahead of the anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder on Sunday 7th October we honor Marie with the 2012 Anna Politkovskaya Award, as someone who, like Anna, was determined and committed speaking out against the atrocities. 

As the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, RAW in WAR wanted to recognise Marie’s life and remarkable achievements in the face of grave and ultimately fatal danger. Marie, like the 2011 Anna Politkovskaya Award winner Razan Zaitouneh (from Syria) before her, was a key voice for the Syrian people who continue their struggle against violence and tyranny.

One of the most experienced and noted war correspondents of her generation Marie Colvin reported from the frontline of almost every major conflict that occurred during her thirty year career, including Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Chechnya, Kosovo, Sri Lanka and last year Arab Spring. While covering the conflict in East Timor in 1999 she was credited with saving the lives of 1,500 women and children after she refused to leave them in a compound besieged by Indonesian-backed forces. While other international journalists left, she remained with a United Nations force, reporting for both the Sunday Times and television until the group was eventually evacuated after four days. 

Despite losing the use of one of her eyes while reporting on the Sri Lankan civil war in 2001, Marie never lost her commitment to helping others by giving voice caught up in the brutal violence of conflict by uncovering the truth in what she described as the ‘sandstorm of propaganda when armies, tribes or terrorists clash’.

 

“A difficult choice from a particularly challenging list of nominations!  Marie Colvin represented journalism at its most courageous and committed best – critically important for democracy and freedom.”

Lord Frank Judd, a member of the Nominations Committee

In presenting the award to Marie Colvin, a group of more than 100 influential cultural and political leaders who joined the Committee of Supporters for the award, including Nobel Peace Prize laureates, has today called again to bring to justice those who killed Anna Politkovskaya and Natalia Estemirova.

'We call again on the Russian government to bring to justice those who killed Anna and Natalia and their colleagues, and to end the killings of journalists and human rights defenders in the Russian Federation. We call on the world’s leaders to pledge to do everything in their power to protect the journalists and human rights defenders who work in areas of war and conflict.

We owe it to the memory of Anna and Natalia to protect the very few who continue to speak out on behalf of those who are still not listened to or heard.' 

Among them are Nobel Women’s Initiative, Mairead Maguire (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate), Betty Williams (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate), Jody Williams (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate), Shirin Ebadi (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate), Rigoberta Menchú Tum  (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate), Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate), Tatiana Yankelevich, Vaclav Havel, Jon Snow, John Pilger, Amy Goodman, Jeremy Bowen, Andre Glucksmann, Gloria Steinem, Sergey Kovalyov, Alexei Simonov, Vladimir Bukovsky, Svetlana Gannushkina, Lyudmila Alekseeva, Karinna Moskalenko, Malalai Joya (2008 Award winner), Leila Alikarami (2009 Award winner), Dr. Halima Bashir (2010 Award winner), Gillian Slovo, Eva Hoffman, Adam Michnik, Oleg Panfilov, Tom Stoppard, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Natasha Kandic, Elisabeth Rehn, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Mariane Pearl, Azar Nafisi, Asma Jahangir, Carl Gershman, Hina Jilani, Susan Sarandon, Jane Birkin, Sophie Shihab, Naomi Klein, Sister Helen Prejean, Ariel Dorfman, Vanessa Redgrave, Eve Ensler, Michael Cunningham, John Sweeney, Jonathan Schell, Noam Chomsky, Marina Litvinenko, Lucy Ash, Sussan Deyhim, Heidi Bradner, Desmond O'Malley, Anne Nivat, Annabel Markova, Lord Frank Judd, Lord Nicolas Rea, Lord Anthony Giddens, Lord Nazir Ahmed, Mukesh Kapila CBE, Baroness Molly Meacher, Baroness Vivien Stern, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Yakin Erturk, Elena Kudimova, Andrey Nekrasov, Meglena Kuneva, Peter Gabriel, Stina Scott, Anna Stavitskaya, Dubravka Ugresic, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Victor Navasky, Aidan White, Holly Near, Joan Baez, Elizabeth Frank, Elizabeth Kostova, Bill Bowring, Irena Grudzinska Gross, Jenny Diski, Monica Ali, Isa Blyden, Nayereh Tohidi, Claire Bertschinger, Tsvetana Maneva, and others. 

For the full list of the Committee of Supporters to the Anna Politkovskaya Award please see: http://www.rawinwar.org/content/view/65/202/ 

More information available at: www.rawinwar.org 

 

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On the Anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya's Murder Prominent Supporters Call for Protection PDF E-mail

TODAY, ON 7 OCTOBER, THE ANNIVERSARY OF ANNA POLITKOVSKAYA’S 

MURDER, SUPPORTERS OF RAW IN WAR CALL FOR  PROTECTION FOR 

MALALA AND JUSTICE FOR ANNA

 

The 16 year old schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, accepted the  2013 Anna Politkovksaya Award on

Friday 4th October in London from 104 year old human rights defender, Sir Nicholas Winton,

known as “the British Schindler”

 

Ahead of the seventh anniversary of the murder of Russian campaigning journalist, Anna Politkovskaya on Monday

7th October, RAW in WAR honoured Malala with the 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award for her courage to speak out when

nobody else dared, for her strength to give a voice to the many women and girls, whose voices cannot be heard, and for her

passionate belief in promoting education for girls.

 

On accepting the award on Friday, 4th October at the Southbank in London, Malala Yousafzai said in her speech:

 

“Anna Politkovskaya was a dedicated journalist and human rights activist. She campaigned passionately about issues

which concerned her. She spoke out about causes which other people dared not speak about. She was brave. She

was  an inspiration.

 

I greatly admire Anna’s dedication to truth, to equality, and to humanity. She was a champion for many people who

were not able to stand up for themselves. Her desire to help others is a cause to which I dedicate myself.

I am just one girl who fought for my right to go to school. Not with guns and bombs – but with my pens and my books.

Ultimately, pens and books will win out over guns and bombs. Knowledge will always defeat ignorance. Hope will

conquer fear.

 

As we approach the seventh anniversary of Anna’s death let us remember a brave lady, who worked tirelessly to help

others and who stood for the values of peace and humanity. It is these values which we all share – and which we

celebrate in her memory.”

 

In presenting the award to Malala Yousafzai, a group of more than 100 influential cultural and political leaders from around the

world, who joined the Committee of Supporters for the award, including Nobel Peace Prize laureates, has in an

open letter today called again to bring to justice those who killed Anna Politkovskaya and Natalia Estemirova and for

protection of journalists and human rights defenders, like Malala, who work in areas of war and conflict:

 

Last year, we presented the award to Marie Colvin, the brave Sunday Times war correspondent, who was

killed in Syria. In October 2007 we presented the first Anna Politkovskaya Award to Natalia Estemirova

for her courage in seeking and telling the truth about the torture, disappearance and murder of

civilians in Chechnya. We were shocked and outraged by the killing of Natalia on 15 July 2009. And as in

Anna’s case no one has been brought to justice for her murder. 

 

We call again on the Russian government to bring to justice those who killed Anna and Natalia and

their colleagues, and to end the killings and persecution of journalists and human rights defenders in the

Russian Federation. We stand behind Malala’s call to the international community to ensure free,

compulsory education all over the world for every child and to ensure freedom and equality for women, so

they can flourish. We call again on the world’s leaders to pledge to do everything in their power to

protect journalists and human rights defenders who work in areas of war and conflict.

We owe it to the memory of Anna, Natalia and Marie to protect the very few who still speak out on behalf of those to

whom nobody wants to listen.”

 

Among them are Tatiana Yankelevich, Desmond Tutu, Jon Snow, Jane Wellesley, John Pilger, Jeremy Bowen,

Andre Glucksmann, Gloria Steinem, Sergey Kovalyov, Alexei Simonov, Vladimir Bukovsky, Svetlana Gannushkina,

Lyudmila Alekseeva, Karinna Moskalenko, Mara Polyakova, Malalai Joya, Halima Bashir, Leila Alikarami, Razan Zaitouneh,

Gillian Slovo, Eva Hoffman, Adam Michnik, Oleg Panfilov, Oleg Orlov, Ella Polyakova, Tom Stoppard, Bernard-Henri Lévy,

Natasha Kandic, Elisabeth Rehn, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Mariane Pearl, Azar Nafisi, Asma Jahangir, Carl Gershman, Hina Jilani,

Susan Sarandon, Jane Birkin, Sophie Shihab, Naomi Klein, Sister Marya Grathwohl, OSF, Sister Helen Prejean, Ariel

Dorfman, Vanessa Redgrave, Eve Ensler, Michael Cunningham, John Sweeney, Jonathan Schell, Noam Chomsky,

Marina Litvinenko, Lucy Ash, Sussan Deyhim, Heidi Bradner, Desmond O'Malley, Anne Nivat, Annabel Markova, Frank Judd,

Nicolas Rea, Anthony Giddens, Nazir Ahmed, Mukesh Kapila CBE, Molly Meacher, Vivien Stern, Helena Kennedy QC,

Yakin Erturk, Elena Kudimova, Andrey Nekrasov, Meglena Kuneva, Peter Gabriel, Stina Scott, Anna Stavitskaya,

Dubravka Ugresic, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Victor Navasky, Aidan White, Holly Near, Elizabeth Frank, Elizabeth Kostova,

Bill Bowring, Irena Grudzinska Gross, Jenny Diski, Monica Ali, Isa Blyden, Nayereh Tohidi, Claire Bertschinger,

Tsvetana Maneva, Elena Jandova, Julian Popov and others.

 

For the full list of the Committee of Supporters to the Anna Politkovskaya Award please see:

http://www.rawinwar.org/content/view/65/202/

More information available at: www.rawinwar.org

For film footage of Malala accepting the Award see:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzx4QlH0LCQ 

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