Nominations for Human Rights Defenders Tulip open

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Human Rights Defenders Tulip, a human rights award presented by the Dutch government. Human rights defenders the world over are eligible.

The award honours a man or woman who has shown particular courage in protecting and promoting the rights of his or her fellow citizens. Anyone can nominate a candidate. Nominations close on 15 June. The winner will be chosen by an independent jury. The Minister of Foreign Affairs will present the award in December.

The winner will receive a bronze statuette of the Human Rights Defenders Tulip and possible funding for a human rights project. Winners are also invited to participate in a tour of Europe, which will put them in contact with people relevant to their activities.

Only individuals are eligible for the award, not organisations. Their daily work must involve the peaceful protection or promotion of human rights, and they must stand to benefit from the recognition and visibility entailed in winning the award.