Irene Fernandez


Irene Fernandez born Kedah, Malaysia April 18, 1942 (d. 2014). Malaysian human rights activist. Founded Tenaganita (“Women Force”), 1991. Arrested for exposing torture and abuse of immigrants, 1996; given one year sentence, released on bail. Received Right Livelihood Award, 2005.


"[T]here is no such thing as ‘illegal’ human beings. For me, the whole world belongs to all of us. We are one earth." (Sun Daily, July 30, 2005)