TWO Zimbabwe human rights activists, Otto Saki and Beatrice Mtetwa, have been honoured separately for their roles in representing victims of government repression.
Saki is one of the 2006 recipients of the presti
gious Reebok Human Rights Award while Mtetwa was honoured with an Index on Censorship and Freedom of Expression award for defending journalists who were arrested for practising without accreditation in the run-up to the 2002 presidential election.
Mtetwa received her award in London two weeks ago while Saki is expected to receive his in New York next month.
Mtetwa defended and secured the release of two British Daily Telegraph journalists, Toby Harden and Julian Simmonds, who were arrested for reporting on Zimbabwe’s election without accreditation. She also defended Guardian correspondent Andrew Meldrum who was illegally deported from the country.
Saki, who is a member of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, is a joint winner with four other human rights activists.
The other winners are Li Dan, a former astrophysics student who postponed his pursuit of a PhD to help HIV and Aids patients in China, Rachel Lloyd, who works on behalf of sexually exploited children in the United States and was herself in the sex trade as a teen, and Khurram Parvez, a human-rights advocate and promoter of peace in Kashmir who lost his right leg to a landmine. — Staff Writer.