The 2015 Human Rights Tulip: public voting starts today

From today the public can vote for one of the nominees for the 2015 Human Rights Tulip. Until 16 September anyone can choose their favourite at

The nomination round generated over 200 nominees, from whom 30 candidates were selected for the online voting round.

The Human Rights Tulip is awarded by the Dutch government to human rights defenders who work in courageous and innovative ways, making them an inspiration to others.

Foreign minister Bert Koenders will present the Human Rights Tulip to the winner on 10 December, International Human Rights Day. ‘In these turbulent times human rights defenders are of tremendous importance. These individuals and organisations often risk their own lives to stand up for human rights and human dignity. This prize is awarded for making an exceptional contribution to this effort,’ the minister said.

The winner will receive a bronze tulip-shaped statue and €100,000. The prize money will enable them to further develop or expand the scale of their contribution to strengthening human rights.

The minister will choose the winner on the basis of the international jury’s advice on the last 6 candidates. Of these 6, 3 are selected by the public in the online voting process. The other 3 are ‘wild card’ candidates chosen for the quality of their entries, making it easier for nominees with smaller networks to reach the final. The jury is headed by the well-known Ugandan human rights defender and former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya.

Public online voting opens on Wednesday 9 September at 12.00 and will close on Wednesday 16 September at 23.59.

Human Rights Tulip
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Human Rights Tulip