Frequently asked questions about Human Rights Tulip

1.    What is the Human Rights Tulip? 

The Human Rights Tulip is an award given by the Dutch government. It has been awarded since 2008 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It honours courageous human rights defenders or human rights organisations that promote and support human rights peacefully and in innovative ways.

2.    What is the aim of the Human Rights Tulip?

The award is intended to support human rights defenders and to help them inspire each other. Since 2013 there has been a greater focus on the innovative character of the winners' efforts. With this award, the Dutch government hopes to give the work of human rights defenders more legitimacy and visibility. 

3.    Who can be nominated for the Human Rights Tulip in 2020?

Human rights defenders and human rights organisations from anywhere in the world that promote or protect human rights in peaceful ways can be nominated. Only living persons and currently active organisations are eligible candidates. 

4.    What are the criteria for nomination and selection? 

The Human Rights Tulip is awarded to an individual or collective that has made a special contribution to promoting and/or protecting human rights. The level of repression and risk as a result of human rights work, as well as creativity and innovation, impact on the work's beneficiaries, and the viability and scalability of the work, are all considered in making the award. 

5.    How is the ultimate winner chosen? 

All nominations are assessed based on the selection criteria by an expert panel. Following the panel's assessment, the top candidates are presented to an independent jury, which decides on a shortlist of three candidates. The Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs selects the winner from this shortlist. 

6.    What prize will the winner of the Human Rights Tulip receive? 

The prize consists of a tulip-shaped bronze statuette designed by Dutch artists Huub and Adelheid Kortekaas, and prize money of €100,000 to be used to further develop or scale up the human rights defender's work and to pay for training courses. The Human Rights Tulip also provides international recognition, legitimacy and visibility for winners and their efforts.