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CELEBRATION OF LIFE 2019 Washington DC

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Human Rights Campaign

1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.

Washington, DC 20036-3278

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We know theocracy doesn't work, look at Saudi Arabia and Iran as an example. So why then is America creeping toward it despite our constitutional separation of religion and state? At this year's event in DC, we will be honoring – Iranian activist Masih Alinejad, Saudi women in jail, Sudanese scholar Mahmoud Mohammed Taha, and AP journalist Anja Niedringhaus. In addition, we will be honoring Tunisian activist Bochra Bel Haj Hmdia for her history of human rights advocacy and for her fight for the equal inheritance for women and men in Tunisia with the Fatima al-Fihri award.

We welcome everyone to Celebration of Life, our signature and transformative event, to highlight the achievements of human rights defenders in the U.S. and around the globe. An evening of music, poetry, and appearances by prominent human rights advocates, with a mission to draw attention to pervasive threats to human rights, which can only be thwarted through education and the freedom to think critically. We promise you will leave this event with a heart full of love and hope.

HONORING

  • Fatima al-Fihri Visionary Award: Madam Bochra Bel Haj Hmida, Tunisia

Masih Alinejad: Iranian journalist and author who launched #MyStealthyFreedom, a Facebook page that invites Iranian women to post pictures of themselves without a hijab. The page garnered over 100,000 likes and sparked the current protests of Iranian women taking their hijabs off in public. Alinejad fled Iran at risk of being jailed or killed for her activism and now cannot leave the US due to Trump’s travel ban.

Saudi Women Activists: At least 10 feminist activists have been jailed in Saudi Arabia for their women’s rights advocacy including the right to drive. We will be honoring all of these women as they currently sit in jail, one even awaiting the death penalty, while the Saudi government is praised for recently allowing women to drive.

Mahmoud Mohammed Taha: Sudanese engineer, author, and reformer. Taha advocated for an egalitarian practice of Islam including women’s rights, freedom of and from religion, and secular governments. He founded the Republican Brotherhood, a small but influential political party, which openly opposed Sharia law. He was executed by the Sudanese government in 1985 under charges of apostasy.

Anja Niedringhaus was a German photojournalist who worked for the Associated Press (AP). She has won many awards for her work which included covering Afghanistan for several years before she was killed on Friday, 4 April 2014, while covering the presidential election.

Special guests: To Be Confirmed

Watch a recap of our Celebration of Life 2016 here.

For more information please email us at events@mpvusa.org

Attire: Business casual

To request a media pass, please email events@mpvusa.org and include your credentials.


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6:30 pm: Doors open

7:00 to 8:30 pm: the Celebration begins

8:30 to 9:30: Reception

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1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.

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