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Chinese dissident who died in detention nominated for rights 'Nobel'

Published on Apr 23, 2014 10:22 PM

GENEVA (AFP) - A Chinese dissident who died in detention last month is one of three nominees for an award often dubbed the Nobel prize for human rights, organisers said Wednesday.

Cao Shunli, who died in mid-March at the age of 52, was hailed by the Martin Ennals Award organisers as an activist who since 2008 had "vigorously advocated for access to information, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly."

Bangladeshi activist Adil-ur-Rahman Khan, who has worked to document extra-judicial killings, illegal detention, and enforced disappearances was also nominated for the prize, as was migrant and indigenous community rights activist Alejandra Ancheita of Mexico.

The winner of the award, which is attributed by a jury of 10 non-governmental organisations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, will be announced in Geneva in October.

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