Shillong: Kong Agnes Kharshiing, a social activist from Meghalaya has received the eleventh International Hrant Dink Award.
The award was presented on Sunday, September 15th with a ceremony held at the Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
This year’s awards were granted to Nebahat Akkoç, who works tirelessly to raise awareness among women on women’s human rights and opposes male violence and Agnes Kharshiing from India who defends the rights of the poor, women, children and the disadvantaged in the region where she lives and also struggles for environmental rights. Agnes Kharshiing from India speaks out boldly against the corruption in the state’s policies in agriculture and relieving poverty, and she makes the years-long illegal mining known to the public. She continued the rights’ struggle, against all obstacles, to defend the rights of the poor, women, children and the disadvantaged in the region where she lives.
Kharshiing received her award from human rights defender, award committee member Emma Sinclair-Webb and 2018 International Hrant Dink Award laureate Murat Çelikkan. In her speech, Kharshiing said “Public should start speaking out, give assistance to the vulnerable, help them when human rights are violated so that humanity overcomes hatred. Together we can do a lot and usher to bring peace in this world where children can be filled with love and not fear.”
At the International Hrant Dink Award 2019 Agnes Kharshiing, accompanied by her daughter Ms Clair Kharshiing brother John F Kharshiing and sister in-law in Istanbul, Turkey on 15th Sept 2019