Appreciation of Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Appreciation of Human Rights Defenders and Activists

 

On the 18th anniversary of its establishment (June 6, 2002), the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), while believing in the principle of the efficacy, inspiration of campaigns, and the potential of enlightened and committed forces in the field of education, promotion and institutionalization of human rights values ​​and advocacy for citizens' access to human rights, and while adhering to principle of gender diversity, ethnicity, types of activities, and in view of the limitations caused by COVID19 epidemic crisis, appreciated the selfless and valuable contribution of eighteen human rights defenders and activists, as role models and pioneers in different provinces of the country.

These are the pioneers and role models of human rights activists:

  1. Mujtaba Hussaini, son of Sayed Agha Hussain, resident of Sar-e-Pul province: He is the founder of “Fasl-e-Naw Library” and initiator of “Local Fund for Children’s books”.
  2. Abdulrahman Bashardost, son of Ghulam Sakhi, resident of Maimana City in Faryab: He is a mechanic and founder of “Bashardost Charity Foundation”. He also provides support to affected and vulnerable people.
  3. Laila Haidari, resident of Kabul: She is the founder of "Camp-e-Madar" where she treats and works for the rehabilitation and reintegration of drug addicts into society.
  4. Mia Khan, a resident of Paktika, has such a strong drive for the education of his girls, despite the discriminatory environment in which he and his family live.
  5. Musadasa Ahmadzai, resident of Logar: She has been very successful in persuading families to send their girls to school and set up fund for the education of their children.
  6. Sakhidad, resident of Badakhshan: He is a handyman at a school in Badakhshan. He built several classrooms for the elementary school at Qara-bulaq village of Keshm district in Badakhshan on his own expenses. 
  7. Muhammad Edris Siyavash, resident of Laghman: He has made a serious contribution to the expansion of culture of reading. He also distributed books by biking to remote areas and raised awareness of COVID19 in those areas.  
  8. Arendar Singh Sony, resident of Kabul: He founded the “Guru Baba Nanak” elementary school to support education in the country.
  9. Zainab Afghan, daughter of Muhammad Saleem, resident of Khost, Ismailkhil Mandozai District: She is a civil society activist who launched the Home-to-Home Education Campaign and is also the founder of the Women's National Dreams Association, a civil society organization.
  1. Maryam Durrani, resident of Kandahar: She has had great achievements in the areas of women's rights, civil and social services.
  2. Momina, daughter of Abdulali, and Husnia, daughter of Sakhidad, residents of Waras District of Bamyan province: They are highly active in adult education, especially women’s education.
  3. Parwin Azimi, resident of Kabul: She is a member of the "Promoting Sign Language Commission" which works to promote this language.
  4. Abdulali Barakzai, resident of Herat: He is a social services activist and founder of the People with Disablity's Clinic, and of the Pir-e-Herat Charity Foundation. He also works to educate people with mental disabilities.
  5. Khalida Popalzai, resident of Kabul: She is the former captain of the Afghanistan Women's Football Team and is also active in the promotion of women's sport.
  6. Zaheer Ahmad Zindani, resident of Kandahar: He is a poet, and member of Peace March.
  7. Burhanuddin Sirat, resident of Nangarhar: He has done quite a lot so far, including protecting children's right to education since 2016 through the distribution of learning materials and books; advocacy for the reconstruction of school buildings in the Behsood district of Nangarhar; advocacy for the return of girls who have left school; awareness-raising on the prevention of COVID19; and advocacy for citizens' social, cultural rights.
  8. Zabih Mahdi, resident of Kabul: Founder and director of “The Cradle Group” which works in the area of literature for children.
  9. Afghan Girls’ Robotic Team, from Herat: This girls' team brought great achievements in the country by participating in the international tournaments in the USA where they managed to secure second place and bring the silver medal to Afghanistan. Furthermore, their innovation and services in the field of technology is well-appreciated.

 


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