Online poll for human rights prize

The vote for a winner of the Human Rights Tulip has been opened to the public. Anyone can go to www.mensenrechtentulp.nl and choose which of the 44 nominees deserves the prize most. The Human Rights Tulip supports individuals worldwide who promote human rights in innovative ways. The prize is intended to help human rights defenders learn from each other.

According to foreign minister Frans Timmermans, ‘We must find new ways of promoting human rights worldwide while also reaching new groups of people. I hope a lot of people will enjoy taking part in the poll, and will cast their vote for the nominee of their choice. Every one of these human rights defenders deserves our attention and support.’

Mr Timmermans will award the €100,000 prize on Wednesday 11 December. The winner can use it to further develop his or her innovative contribution to strengthening human rights – and on such a scale that as many people and places benefit as possible. The winner will also gain access to advice from a worldwide network of experts. Plus the prize comes with a bronze Human Rights  Tulip statue.

The nomination round yielded 44 nominees from more than 20 countries. The poll, which closes on Friday 18 October, will produce a top three. A second top three will be chosen by a panel of experts from the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL), which is organising the contest; the panel will award ‘wild cards’ to nominees based on the quality of their entries, making it easier for nominees with smaller networks to reach the final. From these six winners, an independent jury will select a final top three, from whom Mr Timmermans will choose the eventual winner.

The bronze Human Rights Tulip statue was sculpted by Huub and Adelheid Kortekaas.