Although other countries award human rights distinctions, the Mignone prize is the first one to be awarded by a developing country that has been conspicuous in this field because of its own historical and political context.
The profile and work of Emilio F. Mignone, founder of the “Centre for Legal and Social Studies“ (CELS), as well as the work carried out by other NGOs will guide the definition of priorities and selection criteria for the award.
The Prize is formally awarded at a ceremony presided by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship, and attended by Argentine Government officials.
To this end, the winner of the prize or a representative of the chosen organization will be invited to visit the country for a week (economy class ticket, accommodation and per diem included).
During the visit, the winner will be invited to disseminate experiences in a number of activities and conferences organized by CELS and academic institutions and to hold meetings with NGO´s, human rights entities, parliamentary human rights committees, national authorities and the press.
Argentine Embassies and Consular Offices throughout the world propose candidates based on information gathered and on consultations with the main local human rights organizations.
National or foreign non governmental human rights organizations and international organizations may also make nominations.