Having said that, the World Jurist Association said Ambiga was honoured for her work in advocating free elections and women's and human rights. She received the award from Spanish King Felipe VI in a ceremony held in Madrid.
A tremendous honour as @Ambiga_S is awarded the @worldjurist Association’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg Medal of Honour along with 4 other powerful female human rights defenders by His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain.— Gokul Radhakrishnan (@_gokul_) May 9, 2023
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Ambiga Sreenevasan has been a vocal advocate for democracy and the rule of law in Malaysia. She has been actively involved in various civil society movements and has played a leading role in campaigns for electoral reform, freedom of expression, and gender equality. In 2007, she was elected as the president of the Malaysian Bar Council, becoming the first woman to hold this position in the history of the organization.
During her tenure as president of the Malaysian Bar Council, Ambiga Sreenevasan led the organization in several high-profile campaigns, including a campaign to promote judicial independence and a campaign to abolish detention without trial under the Internal Security Act. She has also been involved in various international human rights initiatives and has served as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
For her contributions to the legal profession and her work in promoting human rights and democracy in Malaysia, Ambiga Sreenevasan has received numerous awards and recognition both nationally and internationally.
Recently, she has been named by Forbes Asia as one of the region's 50 most powerful women and has received the International Women of Courage Award from the US Department of State. She is just an inspiration for all of us. Congratulations on your well-deserved success, Datuk Ambiga!
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