Aktham Naisse, "President of the Committees for the Defence of Democratic Liberties and Human Rights in Syria, is the winner of the 2005 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders (MEA)...
"The Chairman of the Jury, Hans Thoolen, called Aktham Naisse “an extraordinary example of a man who continues to fight for fundamental rights in spite of constant harassment and threats.” He embodies the soul of the democratic movement in Syria and has been involved in this struggle for over 30 years. He is one of the founding members of the Committees for the Defence of Democratic Liberties and Human Rights (CDF), created in 1989, and the publication “Sawt al-Dimokratiyyah” (the Voice of Democracy). During all these years Aktham Naisse has written articles and courageously spoken out in national, regional and international forums. He was arrested six times for publicly demanding respect for human rights." 
Resources and articles
- Syrian Human Rights Defender receives 2005 Martin Ennals Award, Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, accessed August 14, 2007.