Maldives: Former president Mohamed Nasheed receives 2017 Geneva Summit Courage Award

The?Rights?Award was presented to Nasheed by former high commissioner of the?Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe?(OSCE),?Astrid Thors.(Photo courtesy: The Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy) Photograph:( Others )

WION Mal?, Male, Maldives Feb 23, 2017, 12.36 AM (IST) Umaima Rasheed Hussain

Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed received the 2017 Geneva Summit Courage Award at the 9th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy on Tuesday.

The Rights Award was presented to Nasheed by former high commissioner of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Astrid Thors, on behalf of the coalition of 25 non-governmental human rights groups.

"To President Mohamed Nasheed, for inspiring the world with your extraordinary courage in the defense of liberty and universal human rights," Thors said while presenting the award.

" It is a great honor to receive this award," said Nasheed, who thanked human rights lawyer Amal Clooney for helping in freeing him.

"It's very encouraging to see so many good people doing good work, We may stumble, we may fall, but I assure everyone, we will pick ourselves up and continue with the same work with more vigour than the past." He said.

The annual summit, held on the eve of the United Nations Human Rights Council's annual session, seeks to address the human rights issues around the world that require global attention.

Nasheed joined top dissidents from Cuba, Russia, Turkey, Tibet, North Korea, Vietnam, Mauritania, Iran, Venezuela, who testified on abuses and urged the United Nations Human Rights Council, which opens its annual session next week, to address the human rights records of their home nations.

Nasheed, who has been charged with terrorism and sentenced to jail for 13 years over the abduction and arbitrary detention of a judge during his presidency, has been living in self-exile in the United Kingdom under political asylum for over a year.