Almost 60,000 votes for the Human Rights Tulip

Almost 60,000 people have voted for one of the thirty candidates for the Human Rights Tulip 2014. It is the first time that such a high number of votes has been cast in the Human Rights Tulip election. The three candidates that received the most votes, are YASunidos (Ecuador), Chidi Odinkalu (Nigeria) and Euromaidan SOS (Ukraine). These three public favourites move forward to the next phase, the jury consultation. The international jury advises the minister of Foreign Affairs, who eventually chooses the winner.

The Human Rights Tulip statue.

The different candidates have campaigned actively worldwide between 29 September and 10 October using social media. During this period, over 9,000 tweets were sent about the Human Rights Tulip.

Next to the three candidates chosen by the public, three wildcards are awarded to other candidates. These six finalists will proceed to the jury consultation. The wildcards are given to candidates with smaller networks, on the basis of quality and with emphasis on innovation. The names of these three candidates will be announced later in October.

The jury is chaired by the renowned human rights defender and former UN Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Expression, Frank La Rue. The jury advises the minister of Foreign Affairs on the final six candidates. The minister decides on the winner and will award the Human Rights Tulip in The Hague on 9 December. The winner will receive a bronze statue of the Human Rights Tulip and a prize worth 100,000 Euros. With the prize money the winner can further develop and scale up his or her innovative contribution to the promotion of human rights. In this way the prize benefits more people in more places.