Penn in Dublin to give human rights award

Hollywood star Sean Penn is in Dublin today to hand out a human rights award.

The 2014 Front Line Defenders Award is being presented to someone who has put their own life at risk for the sake of human rights.

This year's winner was chosen from 110 nominations from 51 countries. Members of the Irish and European Parliaments, representatives of Front Line Defenders and Al Jazeera Media Network made up the judging panel.

Jim Loughran, spokesperson with Front Line Defenders said the work carried out by each of the nominees was incredible.

"The starting point has to be how do you change a society into a place where human rights are really respected. You start with the people who are already working on the ground on the principle 'protest one, empower 1,000," he said.

"Sean Penn's support is hugely important in terms of driving publicity…As one human rights defender said to us recently, if you are visible, you have rights. If you are invisible, you are a victim."

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