The award is the oldest and most prestigious award reserved to a lawyer in the world.Mtetwa who has lived with threats of incarceration for her role in defending human rights, was awarded the prize " for her essential contribution in the struggle for freedom of peaceful assembly of association and freedom of speech and the rule of law in Zimbabwe."

Mtetwa would be presented with the award at a ceremony to be held in October in Paris, France in the Senate of the French Republic.The Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize created in 1984 is awarded every year to a lawyer, regardless of nationality or Bar, who, by his work, will have illustrated his activity or his suffering, the defence of human rights, of defence, the supremacy of law, the struggle against racism and intolerance in any form, jointly by Human Rights Institutes established by bars of Bordeaux, Brussels, Paris and the European Bar Human Rights Institute (IDHAE) and the Unione Peri Diritti Umani (Roma).

The first Prize was awarded on March 29, 1985 to Nelson Mandela then in jail.Mtetwa has established herself as a firm media lawyer. She has represented several newspaper and journalists in court.

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