The RAHA Human Rights Awards are instituted by Südwind and are intended to honour and commend people which have made a contribution to the promotion and protection of the human rights in the I.R. Iran.
The first winners will be awarded in March 2014. The six recipients were selected by a special jury comprising the Nobel Prize laureate and human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi as chairwomen, the co-founder and principal investigator of the Freedom Rights Project and former executive director of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights Aaron Rhodes and the Südwind board member and human rights lawyer Karolina Januszewski.The award ceremony will take place during the next session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
A special award will be presented this month by Südwind to political, social, anti-war and human rights activist Faramarz Mohammadi in recognition of his lifetime contribution to democracy and human rights in Iran.
The physical token of the award is a metal sculpture designed and made by the well known Iranian sculptor Behruz Heshmat.
Born in Tabriz in 1953 Behruz Heshmat worked as autodidact sculptor in Tabriz and Tehran (1970-1975). He held exhibitions in Tabriz and Tehran before moving to Austria to formally pursue sculpture at the Academy of Applied Arts of Vienna (1976-1982) and enroll in masterclasses with Wander Bertoni, an Austrian sculptor of public art. Since then he has received many awards and commissions for public art installations, mostly in Austria and Germany.