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Mario Joseph Among Top 3 Human Rights Defenders

  Geneva, Tuesday 8 October 2013 Joint Mobile Group Selected as the 2013 Laureate Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders The Joint Mobile Group was selected by the International Human Rights Community (See Jury Below). The Award is given to Human Rights Defenders who have shown deep commitment and face great personal risk. The aim of the award is to provide protection through international recognition. Strongly supported by the City of Geneva, the Award was presented on Oct. 8th. Joint Mobile Group, Russia: After the murder of several human rights activists working in Chechnya, Igor Kalyapin started the Joint Mobile Group. To reduce the risk they send investigators on short missions to Chechnya to document Human Rights abuses. This information is then used to publicise these abuses to seek legal redress.  Igor Kalyapin speaking of the effect of international publicity […]

Mario Joseph’s Visit to Amnesty International USA Washington Office

By Barbara Joe June 6th, 2013 Mario Joseph, a Haitian human rights lawyer, has been nominated for the Martin Ennals award, named for Amnesty International’s secretary general until 1980. In a reception held for him on June 6 at the at the AI USA Washington office, Mr. Joseph indicated that the nomination has afforded him increased support, protection, and credibility. Earlier that day, he had made the rounds of congressional and government offices and had planned other visits to officials and NGOs the following day. He said he had been born into a poor family and, despite many obstacles, became a lawyer now working on behalf of poor people. He first worked for a Catholic agency and is now with the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux. He appeared to be a supporter of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide (I was an […]

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