Eligibility for Nomination
- Only individuals, not organisations, can be nominated
- Self-nominating is not allowed
- Incomplete application forms will not be considered
Civil Rights Defenders annually awards one human rights defender with the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award. The recipient is a person who, despite the risk to their safety, continues their fight for the respect and protection of civil and political rights.
The recipient must carry out their work without the use of violence and within an independent human rights organisation. In addition, candidates:
The prize has been handed out by Civil Rights Defenders since 2013. It consists of a specially designed statuette and a diploma.
2019 – Márta Pardavi from Hungary.
2018 – Murat Çelikkan from Turkey.
2017 – Edmund Yakani from South Sudan.
2016 – Intigam Aliyev from Azerbaijan.
2015 – Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh from Vietnam.
2014 – Ales Bialiatski from Belarus.
2013 – Nataša Kandić from Serbia.
The recipient of the award is appointed by the Civil Rights Defenders Board, which chooses between three candidates presented by the organisation’s secretariat. The secretariat makes their choices based on nominations submitted by Civil Rights Defenders’ worldwide network of human rights defenders and human rights organisations. Nomination for the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award is by invitation only.