Deadline: 9 November 2017
The goal of the award is to recognize the work of courageous human rights defenders, and provide protection when they are at risk. This could include physical danger, repressive legal processes, or other forms of harassment.
The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders (MEA) aims to recognize individuals, or exceptionally organisations, who are working in conditions hostile to fundamental human rights, at risk, and in need of protection.
The Award is named after Martin Ennals (1927-1991), an activist who was instrumental to the modern human rights movement and a driving force behind several organisations. His deep desire was to see more cooperation among NGOs.
The MEA is a unique collaboration among ten of the world’s leading human rights organizations to give protection to human rights defenders worldwide. The Jury is composed of the following NGOs:
- Amnesty International
- EWDE Germany
- Front Line Defenders
- Human Rights First
- Human Rights Watch
- International Commission of Jurists
- International Service for Human Rights
- World Organisation against Torture
- Nominees must be currently active in the promotion and protection of human rights.
- Nominations are welcome from all regions, genders, and human rights related themes. They take a broad view of what a human rights defender is.
- Special account is taken of those who combat human rights violations by courageous and innovative means.
- Three Finalists are selected and announced early in the year. The Laureate is selected from among them. All three are invited to participate in the ceremony hosted by the city of Geneva, in late 2018.
How to Apply
Interested applicants can apply via given website.
For more information, please visit 2018 Martin Ennals Award.