Hanadi Zahlout, a prominent Syrian cyber-dissident, participated in one of the earliest protests against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in 2011, working closely with the Local Coordinating Committees of the opposition.
Ms. Zahlout continues to link grassroots activists inside Syria with prominent members of the opposition in exile, as well as international media outlets, to call for a peaceful democratic transition and make abuses in Syria known to the outside world. She actively mentors and arranges training opportunities for young Syrian journalists, who are critical to the future of Syria. Zahlout, an Alawi, has focused her efforts on reaching out to women and Syrian minorities and stresses the contributions women have made to efforts for a peaceful democratic transition.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns will present the 2012 Human Rights Defenders Award to Ms. Zahlout on Friday, November 15, 2013, at 10 a.m. in the Treaty Room at the U.S. Department of State.
To request an interview with Ms. Zahlout after the event or for more information about the Department’s Human Rights Defenders Award, please contact Aaron Jensen at JensenAW@state.govor (202) 647-0516.