George and Amal Clooney are putting the spotlight on those who risk their lives for global justice.
The Hollywood couple hosted their Clooney Foundation’s first ever Albie Awards at the New York Public Library on Thursday. The event is named after South African Justice Albie Sachs, well-known for his commitment to ending apartheid in the country, and honours journalists, human rights leaders and defenders of justice.
In a statement, the Clooney Foundation said the award serves as a new platform to “shine a protective light on the many courageous individuals who, at great personal risk, have devoted their lives to justice.”
Among the honourees at the event were Justice Sachs himself who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Filipino journalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa, iAct which is an organisation that supports survivors of genocide and Viasna, a Belarusian human rights group.
“We believe that justice must be waged – it doesn’t just happen,” George and Amal write on the Clooney Foundation’s website.
“So when journalists are locked up just for doing their job, we try to get them out of prison. When young girls are denied the right to study, work or marry when they want, we help them fight for their rights through the courts. When minorities are targeted for genocide, we help trigger trials against the perpetrators.”
A number of George and Amal’s famous friends attended the event including Cindy Crawford, Dua Lipa, Julia Roberts, Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke.
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