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Together at RightsCon Tunis, our first summit hosted in the Middle East and North Africa, more than 2500 expert practitioners will come together across over 400 sessions to shape, contribute to, and drive forward the global agenda for the future of our human rights.

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Wednesday, June 12 • 10:30am - 11:45am
2018 Human Rights Heroes Awards

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Every year, Access Now celebrates heroes of human rights in the digital age from around the world who have made a unique contribution to the fight against overreaching surveillance and defending privacy. The award started as a way to celebrate the impact of the Necessary and Proportionate Principles — a set of guidelines governments must follow to ensure any electronic surveillance program fully respects human rights — and is now in its fifth year.

In recognition of their amazing work in 2018, we are very proud to honor:

  • Mohammed Al-Maskati, Digital Security Trainer, Bahrain
  • Lizzie O'Shea, Lawyer, Australia
  • Zaituni Njovu, Zaina Foundation, Tanzania
  • Dr. Usha Ramanathan, Researcher & Activist, on behalf of Aadhaar Petitioners and Litigators, India
  • Marianne Díaz Hernández, Lawyer & Researcher, Derechos Digitales, Venezuela

We are also pleased to welcome special guest U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to join us in recognizing our 2018 Human Rights Heroes.

You can learn more about the award, its history, and each of this year's recipients here.

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Brett Solomon

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Access Now
Brett is the Executive Director of Access Now, defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world. By combining innovative policy, global advocacy, and direct technical support, RightsCon and grant-making, Access Now fights for human rights in the digital... Read More →

Marianne Díaz Hernández

Public Policy Analyst, Derechos Digitales
Marianne Diaz is a Venezuelan lawyer, digital rights activist and fiction writer, currently based in Santiago, Chile. Her work focuses mainly on issues regarding online freedom of speech, web filtering, internet infrastructure and digital security. She founded the digital rights NGO... Read More →
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Amie Stepanovich

U.S. Policy Manager, Access Now
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Lizzie O'Shea

Board members, Digital Rights Watch
Digital Rights Watch Australia
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Mohammed Al-Maskati

Middle East and North African Digital Protection Coordinator, Front Line Defenders
Mohammed Al-Maskati: He is a Middle East and North African Digital Protection Coordinator at Front Line Defenders and Recipient of a Human Rights Heroes Award 2019. He was shortlisted in Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Awards 2019 and Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards... Read More →
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Michelle Bachelet

On September 1, 2018 Michelle Bachelet assumed her functions as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.  The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was established in 1993 and Ms. Bachelet is the seventh Commissioner.Ms. Bachelet was elected President of... Read More →

Wednesday June 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am BST
The BeeHive (Palais)