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15/03/2013 - This week the world’s most populous country is finalising a once-in-a-decade leadership transition which began in November 2012 .The conclusion of the National People's Congress will see Xi Jinping assume the position of President of China, and will usher in a new era in which China is expected to surpass the United States in terms of size of its economy.
The selection of the finalists for the 2013 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk has now taken place and the overall winner will be chosen by an independent jury of cross-party Ministers, Parliamentarians and Members of the European Parliament. Having read the 90 nominations- and seen the quality and dedicated commitment of the human rights defenders - it is clear that so many would be a worthy finalist or winner and how impossible the task for the decision makers is. To all who were nominated, let me say on behalf or Front Line Defenders how much you inspire us and how much we value your unrelenting work for the rights of others. If you need support at any time, please contact us.
The finalists are:-
Bahtiyor Hamraev, the head of the Djizak regional branch of the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan has been a dedicated human rights defender for the last 15 years. Despite being attacked and threatened many times and despite the arrest of his son to punish his father for his human rights work, Bahtiyor has refused to leave the country and tried to make a difference in one of the worst human rights situations in the region.