This year’s FES Human Rights Award for Slim Amamou (Tunisia) and Khaled Said – as representatives of all those involved in overthrowing authoritarian regimes – is not only meant to recognise the resistance they put up, but also to encourage the continued fight for democracy and human rights. The FES Human Rights Award pays tribute to the democracy movement in the Arab world and wishes to encourage others to also claim their rights to freedom of expression and information and to call for compliance with human rights.
Khaled Said (1982-2010, Egypt) was an Internet activist and blogger. On 6 June 2010 he was apprehended by plain-clothes police officers in an Internet cafe in Alexandria and openly beaten to death in the street. He had uploaded videos onto the Internet showing police officers abusing or intimidating people and dealing drugs. A photo of Said’s dead body was published on the Internet. Protests ensued and a Facebook page entitled “We are all Khaled Said” was created. Finally the government conceded that undercover secret police officers were responsible for his death. All these incidents turned Said into a symbolic figure for the Egyptian revolution.
The award ceremony will take place on 19 September 2011 from 17.00 to 20.00 h at House 1 of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin, Hiroshimastr. 17; the laudation will be held by Dr. Joachim Gauck, Chairperson of the Association ”Against Oblivion – for Democracy”.
For the late Khaled Said, his sister Zahraa Kassem will accept the award for him.