Published On: Tue, Aug 30th, 2016

Pakistani digital rights activist nominated for Dutch human rights award


Pakistani digital rights activist nominated for Dutch human rights award

Founder of Pakistan’s Digital Rights Foundation, Ms Nighat Dad has been nominated for Government of Netherlands’ Human Rights Tulip award.

The Human Rights Tulip is awarded annually by the Netherlands minister of Foreign Affairs on behalf of the Dutch government, to an individual or organisation with a courageous and innovative way of promoting human rights. The aim is to bring their valuable work to the attention of the general public.

The ten nominees for this year are: Mwatana Organization For Human Rights (Yemen), Mr Pierre Claver Mbonimpa (Burundi), Ms Nighat Dad (Pakistan), the El Nadim Center (Egypt), Centro de Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres (Mexico), the native community of Santa Clara de Uchunya (Peru), Centro Prodh (Mexico), Mr Nguyễn Quang A (Vietnam), Ms Nahid Gabralla (Sudan) and the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE) (Lebanon).

Out of the top three nominees chosen by public vote, foreign minister Bert Koenders will select the winner, whom he will present with the award – a bronze tulip-shaped statue – on International Human Rights Day, 10 December.


The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Justice and Peace Foundation in The Hague together select the nominees and provide support for the winning individual or organisation.

The winner also receives €100,000 in prize money, enabling them to expand the reach of the work and allow as many people as possible around the world to benefit from the award.

You can help Nighat win!

Until 7 September anyone can vote for Nighat Dad at

Who is Nighat Dad?

Nighat Dad is the Executive Director of Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan. She is an accomplished lawyer and a human rights activist.

Nighat Dad is one of the pioneers who have been campaigning around access to open internet in Pakistan and globally. She has been actively campaigning and engaging at a policy level on issues focusing on Internet Freedom, Women and technology, Digital Security and Women’s empowerment.

Ms.Dad has been recently included in Next Generation Leaders List by TIME’s magazine for her work on helping women fight online harassment.

Courtesy: ARY

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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