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    China Blocks Activist's Trip to US for 'Women of Courage' Award

    FILE - Ni Yulan sits on a bed in a hotel in Beijing.
    FILE - Ni Yulan sits on a bed in a hotel in Beijing.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recognized 14 women from around the globe with International Women of Courage awards Tuesday for their leadership in advocating for justice, human rights, democracy, gender equality and women’s empowerment.

    One of those honored, human rights activist Ni Yulan of China, was barred from traveling to Washington by her government.

    “This year we recognize a group of women who are demonstrating courage in three pivotal areas," Kerry said. "They are exposing and opposing gender-based violence; they are combating corruption and strengthening rule of law; and they are promoting justice and human rights for all.”

    WATCH: Secretary John Kerry's remarks at awards ceremony

    Kerry Honors International Women of Courage 2016 Awardeesi
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    March 29, 2016 6:25 PM
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recognized 14 women from around the globe with INternational Women of Courage awards Tuesday, for their leadership in advocating for justice, human rights, democracy, gender equality and women's empowerment.


    This year's honorees include a Yazidi activist from Syria who is dedicated to combating gender-based violence; human rights lawyers and advocates for disadvantaged and marginalized citizens; activists and executives of non-governmental organizations who fight against radicalization and discrimination and advocate for transgender rights; and a Russian journalist who champions democracy and freedom of information.

    One is an immigration officer from Belize who helped crack down on a drug and human-smuggling ring; another is Mauritania’s first woman lawyer.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Cathy Russell pose for a photo with the 2016 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award winners at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on March 29, 2016.
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Cathy Russell pose for a photo with the 2016 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award winners at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on March 29, 2016.

    Ni Yulan, who was unable to travel to the United States, told VOA's Mandarin service that Chinese authorities refused to issue her a passport late last month.

    “Ni Yulan has paid a steep price for her efforts to assert the legal rights of Chinese citizens," Kerry said. "Her outspokenness has led her to imprisonment, during which she was beaten so badly that she became paralyzed from the waist down, but that hasn't stopped her.

    "She continues to defend the property rights of Beijing residents whose homes have been slated for demolition,” the secretary of state said.

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of International Women of Courage Award. The U.S. has honored 101 women for their achievements since the award's inception.

    WATCH: Award winners honored at ceremony

    14 Women Honored With Courage Awardi
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    March 30, 2016 1:34 AM
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recognized 14 women from around the globe with International Women of Courage awards Tuesday for their leadership in advocating for justice, human rights, democracy, gender equality and women's empowerment. Nike Ching reports from the State Department.

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    by: Valid question
    March 30, 2016 8:24 AM
    If China or any other country gives Edward Snowden 'man of Courage' award, will US accept it?
    In Response

    by: Anonymous
    March 30, 2016 3:21 PM
    Gee, is Chinese activist Ni Yulan a criminal? Which law doesn't allow a citizen to travel to outside the country?
    Snowden is one of the most wanted.

    by: mr nobody from: usa
    March 29, 2016 11:05 PM
    Bookstore owner... yes

    Pilot, Soldier, freedom fighter defiant in the face of death. ... no

    Nadjeda?

    This award says more about those who give than those who receive it.

    by: Anonymous
    March 29, 2016 3:37 PM
    It's one of MADE IN CHINA signature products.

    by: Frankie Leung from: Los Angeles
    March 29, 2016 2:31 PM
    Freedom to travel is a basic human right.

    by: Anonymous
    March 29, 2016 2:08 PM
    You have to hand it to the Chinese, they are their own worst enemy. When the international community recognizes one of their citizens and singles them out for a humanitarian award, the Chinese government does its very best to prove they are totally unworthy of that citizen or their achievement.

    The hope is that somewhere down the road the Chinese people will cast off their governments oppressive brand of paranoiac communism they are suffering under and embrace the fundamental principals of democracy and freedom.
    In Response

    by: Rombus
    March 30, 2016 12:11 PM
    Lets be honest, this award is nothing more than an attempt to agitate, than any honest goodwill intent, we are not blind here.

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