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Dr Sima Samar Receives Human Rights Award

TAIWAN, December 11 (Taipei Times)

Dr Sima Samar, chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and founder of the Shuhada Organization, has received the 2008 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award.

Taiwan's president, Ma Ying-jeou, presented Dr. Samar with a sculpture and a cash prize of US$100,000 in Taipei on World Human Rights Day, December 10.

"Dr. Samar has devoted her life to fighting for freedom and democracy in Afghanistan, putting her life in immense risk and overcoming numerous obstacles," said Wang Jin-pyng, chairman of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD).

The award was given in recognition of her contributions to advancing human rights and especially women's rights and welfare in Afghanistan.