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.".  

You can download 2020 Award Booklet by clicking here.

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.

This year's jury is composed of 2019 laureates women's rights advocate Nebahat Akkoç and environmental and human rights activist Agnes Kharsiing, director Emin Alper, writer Tanıl Bora, lawyer Cesar Rodriguez Garavito, director Robert Guediguian, lawyer Viviana Krsticevic, child rights activist Molly Melching, writer and diplomat Şafak Pavey, political scientist Füsun Üstel and President of the Hrant Dink Foundation Rakel Dink.

The International Hrant Dink Award was previously presented to Nebahat Akkoç in 2019, the founder of KAMER, who has been working to raise awareness about women's human rights for many years, and Agnes Kharsiing, who has been fighting for the rights and environmental rights of the poor, women, children and disadvantaged people in the region where she lives in India, in 2018 human rights defender Murat Çelikkan and human rights organizations Mwatana were awarded; in 2017 to lawyer Eren Keskin who is bringing human rights violations to the agenda of both Turkey and international community by taking all the risks for years, and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who draws attention to the inequalities and human rights violations all over the world; in 2016 to Theresa Kachindamoto, chief of the tribe working on children's human rights and education rights in Malawi, and to the Diyarbakır Bar Association fighting for human rights and the rule of law; in 2015 to women's rights advocate Samar Badawi from Saudi Arabia, and KAOS GL fighting for LGBT rights and equality in Turkey; in 2014 to Şebnem Korur Fincancı, forensic expert and human rights advocate, and activist Angie Zelter; in 2013 to human rights advocate Nataša Kandić and Saturday Mothers / People; in 2012, writer İsmail Beşikçi and human rights organization International 'Memorial' Community; In 2011, to journalist, writer Ahmet Altan and journalist, human rights defender Lydia Cacho; In 2010, Turkey Conscientious Objection Movement and jurist Baltasar Garzón; in 2009 to journalist-writer Alper Görmüş, and journalist-writer Amira Hass.

The award ceremony was streamed on the social media accounts of the Hrant Dink Foundation. All the details about the night have been shared simultaneously with the ceremony, on the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts of both the foundation and the award with hashtags #HrantDinkÖdülü, #UmuduÇoğalt, #DayanışmaGüçlendirir; #HrantDinkAward, #BuildHope, #StrongerTogether; #ՀրանդՏինքՄրցանակ, #բազմապատկէյոյսը, #զօրակցութիւնըուժէ.

Please click here to see 2020 International Hrant Dink Award booklet.