High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein to receive 2018 Human Rights Tulip

The 2018 Human Rights Tulip has been awarded to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.

Foreign minister Stef Blok will present him with the prize on 3 September in The Hague.

The Human Rights Tulip is an annual prize awarded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to a person or organisation that has made a unique contribution to defending human rights. The prize consists of a bronze sculpture and €100,000, which is intended to enable recipients to continue their human rights work. This year’s edition of the award is especially significant, as 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

‘Human rights lay the foundation for stability and security,’ said Mr Blok. ‘It is important that we highlight the work of those who strive to promote human rights across the world.’

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein will receive the prize for his work as High Commissioner for Human Rights at the UN.  Over the past four years he has spoken out loud and clear for the protection of human rights worldwide. ‘The Netherlands greatly values the way in which he has fulfilled his mandate as High Commissioner,’ Mr Blok said. ‘He addressed human rights violations wherever they occurred. This critical and independent attitude is what is needed in a world where human rights are in jeopardy in many places.’

On 1 September Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein  will step down as High Commissioner. It was announced last week that he will be succeeded by former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet.

Next to the Human Rights Tulip for the High Commissioner, the Ministry will also award several Human Rights Tulips to local human rights defenders around 10 December, International Human Rights Day. These Tulips will be awarded by a number of Embassies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.