KARACHI: Pakistani internet activist Nighat Dad has been awarded
with the Human Rights Tulip 2016 (Karachi Alerts).
Foreign minister Bert Koenders will present her with the prize on
Saturday December 10, Human Rights Day, in The Hague.
Moreover, the Human Rights Tulip is an annual prize awarded by the Minister
of Foreign Affairs to human rights defenders who take an innovative
approach to promoting human rights. The prize consists of a bronze
sculpture and €100,000, which is intended to enable recipients to further develop their work.
Furthermore, ‘Human rights defenders are modern-day heroes,’ said the minister.
‘Despite the many threats she has received, Nighat Dad continues to
fight to improve adherence to human rights in Pakistan in a unique
and innovative way and Ms Dad is a pioneer who is working to remove
everyday obstacles to internet access, especially those that affect women.’