Press Release – Quilliam Founder Maajid Nawaz Wins Human Rights Award

By Murshed Madaser

Quilliam Founder Maajid Nawaz Wins Human Rights Award

Maajid Nawaz is 2018 recipient of UN Watch Morris B. Abram Award for Human Rights

  • Accepting the award Maajid Nawaz spoke out against the ‘triple threat’ of the far Right, the Islamists and the far Left.
  • He condemned the election of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights while Raif Badawi languishes in jail.
  • He also criticised the no-platforming of UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer by Amnesty International.
  • He warned of the rising threat of Left-aligned organisations to members of minority groups who campaign against extremism within their communities.

Maajid Nawaz, the Founding Chairman of Quilliam, was awarded the 2018 Morris B. Abram Human Rights Award by United Nations Watch, the Geneva-based NGO which monitors the performance of the United Nations. The prize was awarded at a gala event attended by former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and notable diplomats.

This honour reflects Maajid Nawaz’s contribution to the cause of religious freedom, equality, pluralism and democracy.

The Morris B. Abram Human Rights Award is named after the late founder of UN Watch. Morris B. Abram was a distinguished attorney, civil rights leader and U.S. diplomat who worked closely with Rev. Martin Luther King.

In accepting the prize, Maajid Nawaz said:

I am delighted to accept this award. It means a great deal that UN Watch – whose important work I value greatly – has honoured both me and the work of Quilliam.

In his acceptance speech, Maajid Nawaz warned against the “triple threat” of extremism presented not only “by the Islamists, and by the far-Right extremists who have always hated people like me and our presence in the West” but also by the far Left.

Raising the case of Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian writer and dissident who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1000 lashes, Maajid Nawaz …read more

From:: Quilliam Foundation

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