The GFR honored by the awarded president.
The Greek Forum of Refugees is particularly proud that its president, Yonous Muhammadi, will be honored with the prize «Alison Des Forges» by Human Rights Watch along with three others: Kalpona Akter, from Bangladesh, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa from Burundi and Ratnaboli Ray from India. [https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/09/01/rights-activists-honored]
Yonous Muhammadi arrived in Greece in 2001 and fast became active in defending the refugees’ rights as a volunteer, activist, president of the Community of Afghan Refugees and Migrants in Greece (2007-2013), president of the Greek Forum of Refugees (since 2013) and member of the European Migration Forum (since 2015).
He states that “This award belongs to all the employees of the Greek Forum of Refugees, all individuals and groups who have supported the organization. Communities and the refugees themselves who helped on the creation of the organization and continue to be present. I thank them. This award is the recognition of all those involved in any way with the Greek Forum of Refugees. All of us believe that the participation of the refugees themselves are essential for the effective protection of their rights. “