Amnesty International Philippines, on the occasion of its 58th global anniversary, opened the nominations for Season Two of Ignite Awards for Human Rights. First of its kind, it is Amnesty Philippines’ highest honor given to human rights defenders in the country.
“Despite the socio-political turmoil we are experiencing right now, we at Amnesty strongly believe that our individual and collective power as a people working towards transforming and uplifting each other must be given due recognition and appreciation now more than ever. It is necessary to shine a spotlight on those individuals who pave the way for collective action. The work that Human Rights Defenders or HRDs do are often overlooked and more often than not, they are attacked, imprisoned, harassed or even killed because of their work, instead of being encouraged or recognized as key agents of change,” said Butch Olano, Director at Amnesty International Philippine Section.
Recipients of Ignite Awards for Human Rights Season One, launched in May 2017, were Senator Leila De Lima for the Most Distinguished Human Rights Defender – Individual, Dakila for the Most Distinguished Human Rights Defender – Organization, Floyd Scott Tiogangco for Outstanding Young Human Rights Defender and Cha Roque for Art that Matters for Film. The awarding ceremony was held in 2018.
“We opened the nominations earlier this year for the awarding in 2020 completing its 3-year cycle, so that more people can nominate HRDs from the grassroots movement. We welcome nominations for HRDs fighting for the rights of women and girls, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Also for those who are working on the protection of the rights to health, education, justice, employment, and the environment. The genre for the Art that Matters category this season is literature so, Ignite Awards is also looking forward to getting nominees from the literary field,” explained Olano.
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