24 August 2017

The Human Rights Tulip Award is Back

Make their voices heard. Who will you vote for?

Voting will be open on August 28th at 12:00 (GMT+2) and will run through until September 6th.

You can vote for your favourite candidate to win this Dutch government award for worldwide innovative human rights defenders. Have a look at the 10 nominees directly, or read more about the award below.

Justice and Peace has been chosen by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a second year to facilitate the selection process of the Human Rights Tulip award. The Human Rights Tulip is an annual award presented by the Dutch government to individuals and organisations who take an innovate approach to promoting human rights.

The winner of the Human Rights Tulip will receive a bronze sculpture, €100,000 intended to enable recipients to further develop their work, support from Justice and Peace through training and networking programmes, and greater international recognition. 

Last year’s winner

Last year’s prize winner was Pakistani internet and women’s rights activist and founder of the Digital Rights Foundation, Nighat Dad. With the help of the Tulip award, Ms. Dad has been able to expand the work of her foundation through the Cyber Harassment Helpline and bring more attention to digital rights worldwide.

This year, there are ten candidates from the following countries: China, Egypt, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Mexico, Nicaragua, Niger, and Pakistan with issues of focus ranging from women’s rights, indigenous rights, resources and the environment, anti-corruption, minority groups, to disappeared persons.

Human Rights as a cornerstone

The Netherlands plays a vital role in defending and upholding human rights, with human rights at the cornerstone of Dutch foreign policy. As one of the only countries in the world to hold such an award annually, it is vital that the Dutch and international community vote for the candidate they believe will have the greatest impact and the issue in need of the most support. 

Starting August 28th, you can vote for your favourite candidate to win. Voting will be open on August 28th at 12:00 (GMT+2) and will run through until September 6th. Make their voices heard, who will you vote for?

Check the profiles of the 10 nominees and vote for your favourite candidate here

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