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Pakistani digital rights activist Nighat Dad awarded 2016 Human Rights Tulip award

Founder and Director of the Digital Rights Foundation Nighat Dad has been awarded the Dutch government’s Human Rights Tulip award 2016, a statement released by the Government of Netherlands said on Sunday.

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders will present Dad with the prize on Human Rights Day on Dec 10 in The Hague.

“The Human Rights Tulip is an annual prize awarded by the Minister of Foreign Affairs to human rights defenders who take an innovative approach to promoting human rights. The prize consists of a bronze sculpture and €100,000, which is intended to enable recipients to further develop their work,” the statement said.

A lawyer and human rights activist, Dad is known for championing online safety and access to the internet in Pakistan and across the world. The Digital Rights Foundation, which was founded in 2012, educates citizens, particularly young women, on how to protect themselves from and respond to online harassment.

Dad has campaigned against legislation in favour of internet surveillance. Her foundation has also opposed the dissemination of internet user information to foreign and domestic state agencies and businesses.

She was awarded the Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award 2016 and was among six ‘next generation leaders’ named by TIME Magazine last year.

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