Ugandan lawyer and activist, Nicholas Opiyo has been selected for a prestigious Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism by Human Rights Watch.
For over 35 years, Human Rights Watch has been at the forefront of the international human rights movement, investigating human rights abuses and exposing the truth to create deep-rooted change.
“The Voices for Justice Annual Dinner honours courageous individuals who protect and defend human rights around the world,” the rights bod says in a statement.
The group will be celebrating some of the most important human rights achievements of the past year.
It will also present the prestigious Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism to Nicholas Opiyo of Uganda.
In response to the gesture, Opiyo said he was “humbled and deeply honored to be awarded the prestigious Human Right Watch’s Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism”.
“The award dinner will take me through 8 capitals around the globe.”
Opiyo said he would use the opportunity to highlight the need to place the respect for human rights and human dignity at the center of any economic, military interventions.
“I will so highlight the continuing restrictions of civic space in Uganda and the Great Lakes region through illegitimate and often times coerced or bribed legislation.”
HRW executive director Kenneth Roth, says in a statement that Opiyo will be honoured at a series of events to be held on November 15 and November 17 in the United States in recognition of unfaltering dedication to upholding the human rights of all Ugandans by challenging discriminatory laws and speaking out for universal human rights principles.
They cited a case of former LRA commander Thomas Kwoyelo and Robert Shaka who was arrested for allegedly offending President Yoweri Museveni by running a social media page, Tom Voltaire Okwalinga.
Roth also cited the defense of gays in courts of law that has earned Opiyo a reputation.