Eyad Sarraj, Prominent Human Rights Advocate, Dead at 70

GAZA, December 18, 2013 (WAFA) – The founder of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program and prominent human right advocate Eyad Sarraj passed away in an Israeli hospital on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.

Sarraj was admitted to an Israeli hospital for treatment following serious deterioration in his health, according to a family member.

Throughout his career, Sarraj won many international awards; the most notable were the Physicians for Human Rights Award (1997), the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders (1998) and the Juan José López-Ibor prize in psychiatry (2010).

Sarraj has also served as secretary-general of the National Reconciliation Committee.