Human rights defender Margaret Sekaggya Sekaggya to chair the Human Rights Tulip 2015 Jury

Ugandan Margaret Sekaggya, a human rights defender and former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Situation of Human Rights Defenders, is to chair the jury for this year’s Human Rights Tulip. The prize will be presented on 10 December by the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders.

Ms. Sekaggya is a lawyer and has dedicated her career to human rights. From 2008 until 2014 she was UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders. She is the founder and current Executive Director of the Human Rights Centre Uganda to build the capacity of human rights defenders in Uganda.

Other members of the Jury

The other four members of the jury are also major champions of human rights. Ales Bialiatski is a distinguished human rights defender from Belarus and the founder of the Viasna Human Rights Center.  Nicola Jägers is a professor International Human Rights Law and her research is mainly focused on the expansion of trade beyond borders and the universaling effects of the human rights movement. Shahzad Ahmed has made his voice known by fighting against online censorship in Pakistan. Amira Yahyaoui is a Tunisian blogger, activist and founder of the NGO Al Bawsala.