July 16, 2013
Contact: Maran Turner
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Washington, D.C.: Freedom Now is delighted to announce that its Founder and Board Member Jared Genser has been selected to receive the 2013 American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s International Human Rights Award. “The Award is being presented for Jared’s extraordinary contributions to the rule of law, access to justice, and human rights,” said William R. Bay, Chairman of the ABA Section of Litigation. “His work on behalf of human rights has been a beacon of light in some of the world’s darkest places,” he added.
Genser founded Freedom Now in 2001 after an experience as a law student helping to secure the release of a British national who had received a 17-year prison sentence in Burma for handing out pro-democracy leaflets there. Since, Freedom Now has helped free more than 25 prisoners of conscience in places as diverse as Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Egypt, and Turkmenistan.
Genser’s work has included Freedom Now’s highest profile representations, including its efforts representing Aung San Suu Kyi during the latter four years of her house arrest in Burma and ongoing efforts to free Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned Chinese dissident who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. But it also includes many others who are less well known, but whose cases are equally emblematic of the broader human rights abuses in their countries.
“We’re thrilled for Jared and excited for the recognition of the importance of Freedom Now’s work around the world,” noted Jeremy Zucker, Freedom Now’s Chairman.
The ABA Section of Litigation is the largest section within the American Bar Association, comprised of over 60,000 trial lawyers, judges, and others involved in all aspects of litigation and the dispute resolution process. Past recipients of the award have included such people as former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, and South African Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs.
The ABA Section of Litigation will present its 2013 International Human Rights Award to Jared Genser at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco on August 9th.