The Sir Henry Brooke Award for Human Rights Defenders is awarded jointly by the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk and Peace Brigades International, in honour of the life and legacy of Sir Henry Brooke – barrister at Fountain Court Chambers, founder of the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk and dearly-missed patron of PBI UK – who passed away in January 2018. The Award is presented annually to human rights defenders who encapsulate the qualities Sir Henry most admired and reflected in his own life: selflessness, courage, and commitment to seeking justice for the oppressed and the marginalised.
On Thursday 14 November 2019, PBI UK and the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk announced the winners of the second Sir Henry Brooke Awards for Human Rights Defenders.
This year, one award was presented to Donald Hernandez, a lawyer who has defied personal risk in order to pursue justice for environmental defenders and to protect the rights of marginalised communities against powerful interests in Honduras.
The other award was jointly presented to two women human rights lawyers from Mexico, Maricela Vazquez and Carla Palacios, who have stood out for their commitment to fighting torture and forced disappearance in a dangerous and threatening environment, particularly for women.
The awards were presented by Lord Phillips KG QC, the first president of the Supreme Court of Justice at the London headquarters of Linklaters, kindly hosted by Sir Christopher Bellamy QC.