|About the Anna Politkovskaya Award|
To mark the anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder on 7th October 2006, and to honour Anna and other women like her in the world, RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in WAR) annually presents the Anna Politkovskaya Award to a woman human rights defender from a conflict zone in the world who, like Anna, stands up for the victims of this conflict, 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.
Anna Politkovskaya, the campaigning Russian journalist and outspoken government critic, exposed the brutal treatment of civilians in Chechnya at the hands of both the Russian forces and the Moscow-supported Chechen officials. No closer to having her assassin brought to justice, years on, the Russian authorities remain reluctant and show no political will to identify who ordered the killing and to see justice done.
Previous winners of the Anna Politkovskaya Award::
2007 - Natalia Estemirova (Russian Federation/Chechnya)
2008 - Malalai Joya (Afghanistan)
2009 - 1 Million Signatures Campaign, award accepted by Leila Alikarami (Iran)
2010 - Dr Halima Bashir (Darfur/Sudan)
The 2011 Anna Politkovskaya Award winner will be announced in London, UK, on 7th October 2011. More details to follow soon.
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