The award aims at encouraging human rights defenders who are at risk and therefore in need of immediate protection.
This main objective of protection is mostly achieved through media attention, particularly in the country or region of origin of the laureate.
Besides the award consists of at least 20,000 Swiss Francs to be used for further work in the field of human rights.
The Martin Ennals Foundation invites individuals or organisations working in the field of human rights to submit nominations for the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.
The award, worth 20,000 Swiss Francs (US$17,500), is given annually to an individual or an organisation who has demonstrated an exceptional record of combating human rights violations by courageous and innovative means.
Special consideration is given to those who are at risk and in need of immediate protection.
The Martin Ennals Foundation represents a worldwide collaboration among human rights non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Winners are chosen by an international jury made up of 10 human rights NGOs, including Human Rights Watch.
The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders (MEA) is a unique collaboration among ten of the world’s leading human rights organizations to give protection to human rights defenders worldwide.
Deadline: 9th December
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