Australian footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi this week received the UNI Global Union Freedom from Fear Award at Football Victoria headquarters.
Hakeem, 25, rose to global prominence earlier this year following his detention in a Thailand prison for over 70 days.
He received the award from UNI Global’s Executive Director, World Players Association, Brendan Schwab.
He was also joined by the man who spearheaded the campaign for his release, former Socceroo captain Craig Foster.
Based in Nyon, Switzerland, UNI Global Union, represents more than 20 million workers from over 150 different countries in the fastest growing sectors in the world – skills and services.
Mr Schwab said Hakeem showed immense courage as a human rights defender and athlete activist.
“We also recognize the role of Australian football captain Craig Foster in the campaign to secure Hakeem’s release from illegal detention in Thailand,” Mr Schwab said.
“Previous winners of the Freedom from Fear Award are true champions of dignity and human rights. Hakeem rightfully belongs as a member of this elite group.”
Hakeem became an Australian citizen in March and is Football Victoria’s Community and Human Rights Advocate.