Yara Bader

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Yara Bader
Born
OccupationHuman rights activist, Journalist
Spouse(s)Mazen Darwish
AwardsAlison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, Ilaria Alpi award for brave female journalists

Yara Bader (Arabic: يارا بدر‎), also known as Yara Badr, is a Syrian journalist and human rights activist. She leads the independent Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (CMFE),[1] founded in Damascus in 2004, along with her husband, prominent lawyer and free speech advocate Mazen Darwish.

Human rights organizations including Human Rights Watch,[2] IFEX[3] and Amnesty International[4] have honored Bader's work on behalf of Syrian detainees despite risks to her safety.[5]

Since 2015, after being forced into exile, Bader and Darwish settled in Berlin and travel the world recounting their experiences and demanding justice for the Syrian population.

Activism and arrest[edit]

As a journalist and human rights activist, Bader works on exposing the detention and torture of journalists in war-torn Syria.[6] She has been particularly vocal on activists’ arrests and the violations of human rights committed by the Bashar al-Assad regime.[7]

In February 2012, she was among 14 CMFE staff members, including its director Mazen Darwish and prominent activist Razan Ghazzawi, who were arrested during a raid on their offices by the Syrian Air Force Intelligence services.[8] Some were released a few days later, and, in 10 May 2012, eight more were released, among them Bader, to face trial for 'possession of banned publications'.[9] Darwish was released in August 2015 along with colleagues Hussein Gharir and Hani al-Zitani.[10][11]

Recognitions[edit]

In 2015, Bader was honoured as a recipient of Human Rights Watch's Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism.[12] In the same year, during World Press Freedom Day, she went to Latvia to receive the UNESCO World Press Freedom Award on behalf of her husband, Mazen Darwish.[13] In 2012, she won the Ilaria Alpi award for brave female journalists.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Syrian Center for Media and freedom of speech". Syrian Center for Media and freedom of speech. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  2. ^ "Yara Bader, Syria". Human Rights Watch. 2015-08-10. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  3. ^ "Yara Bader - IFEX". IFEX. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  4. ^ "An evening with Syrian activists Mazen Darwish and Yara Bader - London, Mon 18 July 2016". www.amnesty.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  5. ^ "Syria: Human Rights Activist Yara Badr honoured for her work". www.gc4hr.org. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  6. ^ "Award-winning Syrian husband and wife fight for freedom". Middle East Eye. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  7. ^ "Mazen Darwish y Yara Bader: "El Estado Islámico es la paloma de la paz comparado con Asad"". www.larazon.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  8. ^ Bader, Yara (2015-03-25). "Mazen Darwish is imprisoned in Syria for speaking a language of freedom | Yara Bader". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  9. ^ "Syria detains journalists, releases others - Committee to Protect Journalists". cpj.org. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  10. ^ "Syria: GCHR welcomes the release of human rights defenders Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Gharir and calls for the immediate release of Mazen Darwish". www.gc4hr.org. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  11. ^ Flood, Alison (2015-08-11). "Salman Rushdie cheers release of Mazen Darwish from jail in Syria". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  12. ^ "Rights Activists Honored". Human Rights Watch. 2015-08-10. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  13. ^ "Syrian journalist Mazen Darwish winner of UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize". UNESCO. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  14. ^ DIG awards (2012-09-03), Premio Unicredit Ilaria Alpi 2012 - Intervista a Yara Bader, retrieved 2017-05-29

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