Ben Rogers, who has worked in the field of human rights advocacy, including the defending the right to freedom of religion or belief, has been awarded the International Religious Freedom Champion Award for Advocacy Leadership.
Following Ben's receipt of this prestigious award Fiona said,
"Huge congratulations to my dear friend Ben Rogers who it has been my privilege to work with and learn from on FoRB and wider human rights issues for very many years. A more than worthy recipient of this reward."
Upon receiving the reward Ben said,
"In receiving this award, I dedicate it to the real heroes and champions with whom I have been privileged to work – those, of all faiths and none, religious leaders, human rights defenders, lawyers, journalists, civil society activists, politicians, who risk their lives on the frontlines of persecution, repression and conflict to defend the basic right for every human being to be able to choose, practice, share and change their beliefs.
In receiving this award with humility and gratitude, I commit - at 2.30am in London - to renewing and redoubling my fight for religious freedom for all of them, and for everyone, everywhere, all the time."
The full award ceremony can be viewed here.