Public to vote for the 2014 Human Rights Tulip
Public voting for the 2014 Human Rights Tulip has begun. Voting ends on Friday 10 October. Anyone wishing to vote can go to this website and choose which of the 30 nominees they believe deserves the prize the most.
The Human Rights Tulip
The Human Rights Tulip, an award for human rights defenders working in innovative ways, was instituted as a means of encouraging activists to share their knowledge and experience.
The Human Rights Tulip is awarded once a year by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who chooses the winner on the basis of the public vote and the advice of the international jury on the last six candidates. Of these six, three are selected by the public in the online voting process. There are three ‘wild card’ candidates chosen on the basis of the quality of their entries, making it easier for nominees with smaller networks to reach the final.
Independent international jury
The independent international jury is headed by the famous human rights lawyer and former UN Special Rapporteur Frank la Rue.
On 9 December the minister will award the winner the bronze Human Rights Tulip statue and a prize worth €100,000. The winner can use the funding to further develop his or her innovative contribution to strengthening human rights – and on such a scale that as many people and places benefit as possible.
The nomination round yielded almost 160 nominees from more than 50 countries. From these 160, 30 candidates went through to the online voting round.
Public voting opens on Monday 29 September at 12.00 and will close on Friday 10 October at 24.00 (Dutch time).