Site Archives for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award

African Commission for Human and Peoples Rights accept WOZA case


Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) has received formal notification from the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) that a recent communication, outlining continued human rights abuses perpetrated against WOZA members, was accepted during the 14th Extraordinary Session held from July 20-24, 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. By accepting the communication, the ACHPR requests that […]

WOZA take right to protest complaint to African Commission


On 13th April 2013 Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) legal representatives from Washington based Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) filed a communication to the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights during its 53rd session in Banjul, The Gambia. The applicants in this communication […]

Magodonga Mahlangu’s acceptance speech – 26th Annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, 23 November 2009, The White House, Washington, DC


Good evening Mr. President, Mrs. Obama, members of Congress and the diplomatic corps, honoured guests, ladies and gentlemen. It is a great honour to be standing here accepting this award tonight and I thank you. The accolade of winning the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award should be a cause for great celebration. Yet, I […]

Jenni Williams’s acceptance speech – 26th Annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, 23 November 2009, The White House, Washington, DC


Good evening Mr. President, Mrs. Obama, honoured guests, ladies and gentlemen. I would like to add my thanks to that of Magodonga’s to the Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and friends here present for the recognition given to Women of Zimbabwe Arise. WOZA was formed to give voice to ordinary women […]

Speech by President Barack Obama, Presentation of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, White House, Washington D.C., 23 November 2009


Thank you so much.  Thank you.  Please, everybody have a seat.  Everybody have a seat. What a wonderful evening.  Before I begin, let me just acknowledge some folks here in the crowd.  First of all, Ms. Kerry Kennedy, for the great work that she’s doing day in and day out.  Mr. Philip Johnston, thank you […]

Remarks by Kerry Kennedy 26th Annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, 23 November 2009, The White House, Washington, DC


41 years ago, Robert Kennedy said “Peace and justice and compassion towards those who suffer.  That’s what the United States should stand for, and that’s why I’m running for President of the United States.” Robert Kennedy dreamed things that never were and 4 decades later, we are blessed to have a “why not ” president.  […]

Congratulatory letter from President Khama of Botswana


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President Obama and Ethel Kennedy Present RFK Award to Zimbabwean Rights Defender and Movement


By Jesse Berney Washington, DC – President Barack Obama and Ethel Kennedy presented Magodonga Mahlangu and her organization, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), with the 2009 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award this evening at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award annually honors courageous […]