Bertha Oliva awarded Human Rights Tulip

On presenting the 2010 Human Rights Tulip to Bertha Oliva de Nativí of Honduras, Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal said, ‘You have shown extraordinary courage. I wish everyone who suffers from repression the freedom for which you have fought so hard.’

Ms Oliva received the human rights prize from the Dutch government for her long struggle for the rights of relatives of people who were disappeared in Honduras between 1979 and 1989.

The jury selected her from among more than 170 nominees. After the arrest and disappearance of her husband in 1981, Bertha Oliva worked with other women who had lost their loved ones to set up the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared in Honduras (Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos en Honduras, COFADEH) in 1982. They sought justice and compensation for the families of 184 dissidents who disappeared without a trace between 1979 and 1989.

‘The Dutch government wants to continue supporting human rights defenders who expose gross human rights violations and defend fundamental freedoms’, said Minister Rosenthal.

Bertha Oliva was presented with the bronze Human Rights Tulip and a prize of €10,000. She is also eligible to receive €100,000 in funding for a project related to her work as a human rights defender.