Middle East and North Africa
Global Leadership Awards
Razan Zaitouneh became a lawyer to defend the ideals she valued most — justice, freedom and truth. She began representing political prisoners, and soon became an activist. At 27, she created Syria’s first human rights information bank, where she documented violations and made information available to the world outside.
When violent suppression followed pro-democracy demonstrations in March 2011, she was determined to stay in Syri