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October 29, 2005

2005 Human Rights Award Dinner

2005 Human Rights Award Dinner

Honoring human rights defenders Ludmilla Alexeeva and Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam

Honorary Chair

Thomas R. Pickering

Dinner Chairs

Michael Lacovara Philip A. Lacovara Sybil Shainwald

Dinner Co-Chairs

Andi and Tom A. Bernstein Deborah Miller and William D. Zabel
Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim AdamDr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam of Sudan Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam is the Chair of the Sudan Social Development Organization, an organization that monitors human rights abuses in Darfur, Sudan and reports on the Sudanese government’s role in the slaughter and carnage there. In an attempt to silence Dr. Mudawi, the Sudanese authorities have jailed him three times in the past 18 months – at times in solitary confinement – without access to a lawyer, his family or medical attention. While Dr. Mudawi is currently out of jail continuing his human rights work, the charges against him – including espionage, which carries a possible death sentence – have not been dropped. View a short video by clicking on one of the links below. View Windows Media Video View Real Media Video
Ludmilla AlexeevaLudmilla Alexeeva of Russia Ludmilla Alexeeva, the Chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group, is the doyenne of Russia's human rights community. Thirty years ago, she was one of the original Soviet-era dissidents who spoke out against repression. Today, she is not afraid to raise her voice in the renewed fight for rights in Russia, including criticizing policies on hate crimes as well as the war in Chechnya, and is a mentor to the new generation of dissidents. Alexeeva published the seminal book Soviet Dissent in 1985. She also served as President of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights – an umbrella group of human rights organizations from 38 countries –- from 1999 to 2004. View a short video by clicking on one of the links below. View Windows Media Video View Real Media Video

Honorary Chair Thomas R. Pickering
Chairs Michael Lacovara Philip A. Lacovara Sybil Shainwald
Co-Chairs Andi and Tom A. Bernstein Deborah Miller and William D. Zabel
Host Committee Chairs Gail Furman Virginia and Robert Joffe
Host Committee Elsie and Bernie Aidinoff Kelly and Jay Sugarman James E. Brumm Lynda M. Clarizio Deborah and Craig Cogut Betsy and Alan D. Cohn Mitchell and Monica Dolin Donald F. Donovan and Jennifer Lake A. Whitney Ellsworth Edward P. Evans Leslie Gimbel and Marc Kusnetz John J. Gibbons Karen Goodheart Kerry Kennedy Helen & Martin Kimmel Steven J. Kolleeny Mathilde Krim Jo Backer Laird Joann and Robert Todd Lang Kenneth Lapatine Steven S. Lash Mark Lawrence-Apfelbaum Jill L. Rosenberg Philip H. Rudolph Steven H. Schulman Steven R. Shapiro Judith E. Siegel-Baum John S. Siffert Harold Snyder Beryl Snyder James M. Stillwaggon Trish and George A. Vradenburg Sigourney Weaver Basil P. Zirinis, III Dinner Committee Mig Boyle Matthew Dontzin and Ginger Harris Helen and Peter Haje Michelle Ores Llewellyn Wells Lynn Witkowski