Dr. Sima Samar
2008 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award Laureate
The 2008 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award (ADHRA) was conferred on Dr. Sima Samar at a ceremony in Taipei on December 10th, International Human Rights Day. Dr. Samar is Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and founder of the Shuhada Organization. She was recognized for her contributions to advancing human rights and especially women’s rights and welfare in Afghanistan.
2008 ADHRA Award Ceremony Program Booklet
Dr. Sima Samar’s Award Acceptance Speech
TFD press release on award ceremony (2008/12/10)
TFD announcement of award winner (2008/11/10)
Selected Media Reports
“Ma calls for human rights endorsement”
The China Post, 2008/12/11
“Interview: Taiwan Foundation for Democracy honors Sima Samar”
Taipei Times, 2008/12/10
“Afghan campaigner to be honored with human rights award”
Taipei Times, 2008/11/11
H. E. President Ma Ying-jeou presents the 2008 ADHRA sculpture to Sima Samar.
TFD Chairman Wang Jin-pyng presents the 2008 ADHRA grant to Sima Samar.
A panel discussion on “Human rights in post-conflict societies” was held after the award ceremony. From left to right: Mr. Subodh Raj Pyakurel, Chairperson of the Informal Sector Service Center (Nepal); Dr. Wen-cheng Lin, President of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy; Dr. Sima Samar, 2008 ADHRA Laureate; and Professor Chen-shen Yen of National Chengchi University (Taiwan).
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