12th International Hrant Dink awards granted to Kavala and Hassan
This year’s awards were granted to human rights defender Osman Kavala from Turkey and women’s rights advocate Mozn Hassan from Egypt.
The 12th International Hrant Dink Award was presented on Tuesday, September 15th at an online ceremony streamed on the social media accounts of the Hrant Dink Foundation. This year’s awards were granted to human rights defender Osman Kavala from Turkey and women’s rights advocate Mozn Hassan from Egypt.
The award ceremony was hosted by Şebnem Bozoklu and Alican Yücesoy in Turkish, and also by Ece Dizdar in English languages. The ceremony was held at 23.5 Hrant Dink Site of Memory and the opening speech was delivered by International Hrant Dink Award Committee President Ahmet İnsel.
Arto Tunçboyacıyan, Can Bonomo, Dialog Project, Kalben, Kudsi Erguner, and O.F.F. have participated in the ceremony with their special performances for the night.
"I am honored to be one of the many feminists from around the world who received this award for their struggle against all forms of discrimination against women and other vulnerable groups" said Mozn Hassan, women's rights advocate in her acceptance speech that she sent form Egypt.
Human rights activist Osman Kavala has emphasized the importance of intercultural dialogue for peace-building in his letter from the prison: " I believe that prejudices between different segments of society and those living in different countries can be overcome by using the mind, communicating, and listening.".
Moreover, people and institutions from Turkey and all around the world, who shed light to humanity with their struggles are acknowledged as the 'Inspirations' of 2020. Among the Inspirations of this year, there human and women’s rights defenders from Turkey to Chile, Indonesia to Lebanon, Germany to the United States, India to China, as well as inspirational individuals and initiatives with their demands for peace, equal citizenship, democracy and justice.
At the ceremony, Rakel Dink sang one of the favorite songs of her husband Hrant Dink at Surp Toros Armenian Church in Tekirdağ Malkara, which is awaiting restoration. The night ended with the song "Last Minute Goal" by Arto Tunçboyacıyan composed specially for the ceremony.