On October 7, 2015 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights announced Ms. Natalia Taubina, Director of the Public Verdict Foundation in Russia, as the honoree for the 2015 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, now in its 32nd year. The award recognizes her courageous work seeking justice for the most serious human rights violations in Russia and initiates a partnership to support her efforts to promote and safeguard human rights.
"Natalia’s work represents the kind of leadership and courage needed to confront police brutality from Moscow to the streets of Ferguson and Staten Island. It is an honor to recognize Natalia and her organization. I know my father would be proud of her work" said Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. "This award is not just a recognition, it is an opportunity to work hand in hand with human rights defenders to protect the rights and freedoms of the Russian people."
Natalia is the Director of the Public Verdict Foundation in Russia and is being recognized for her work to hold law enforcement agents accountable for human rights violations and support victims of torture in Russia. The Public Verdict Foundation litigates on behalf of citizens wrongfully arrested, beaten, tortured, and illegally detained by police. Natalia is also a powerful advocate for police reform.
In 2014, the Russian government categorized the foundation as a “foreign agent” under a new law intended to publicly invalidate, shame, and render inoperable organizations with international ties. Natalia's organization has resolutely fought this label in court and is committed to protecting human rights despite the government’s attempt to shut down civil society groups.
She joins 46 RFK Human Rights Award Laureates from 28 countries as the recipient of the 32nd annual prize, initiating a multi-year partnership with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. In 2005, Alliance Institute’s Executive Director, Stephen Bradberry, became the first American Individual to be recognized as an Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award Laureate. Bradberry will be in attendance as Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy presents Natalia with the 2015 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in Washington, D.C., in a ceremony on November 19th, 2015 at 11:00am in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington D.C.
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