Nominations opened for 2016 Human Rights Tulip

Nominations for the 2016 Human Rights Tulip open today. Until June 5, anyone can nominate a candidate. 


Nominations for 2016 Human Rights Tulip now open

The Human Rights Tulip is the Dutch government’s human rights award. Foreign minister Bert Koenders will present the prize and the bronze tulip-shaped statue to the winner around December 10, International Human Rights Day. ‘At a time when human rights are under pressure, support for human rights defenders is more important than ever,’ said the minister. ‘Human rights defenders are struggling to improve human rights every day. They are heroes.’

The Human Rights Tulip is awarded annually to courageous organisations or individuals that promote human rights in innovative ways. The aim is to put their valuable work in the public spotlight. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs works with Justice and Peace to select and support the winner.

The prize money is €100,000, of which €25,000 is dedicated to training and €75,000 to improving and expanding the work of the winner. The prize money enables the winner to further develop or expand the scale of their human rights work, benefiting more people, in as many places as possible.

In 2015 the Human Rights Tulip was awarded to IRA-Mauritania, an organisation working to end slavery. It is using the prize money to expand and improve their work.