FAQ – Civil Rights Defenders of the Year Award

Who is Civil Rights Defenders?

Civil Rights Defenders is a politically and religiously independent human rights organisation. Our mission is to defend civil and political rights together with local human rights defenders to increase their security, capacity, and access to justice. Read more about our work here.

What is the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award?

The Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award is awarded annually to a prominent human rights defender who, despite the risk to their own safety, continues the fight for respect and protection of civil and political rights. The award highlights the situation of human rights defenders at risk and directly serves to support the work of the recipient. The recipient must carry out their work without the use of violence and within an independent human rights organisation/network.

Since when have you been awarding the Civil Rights Defenders of the Year Award?

Civil Rights Defenders has been awarding the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award every year since 2013.

How do you select the award recipient?

The recipient of the award is selected by the Board of Civil Rights Defenders, 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, human rights organisations, and other relevant partners.

How can I nominate someone for the award?

Nominations for the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award 2020 are by invitation only and will be accepted until 29 October 2019. Read more about the nominations here.

Who are the past award recipients?

Typically, the award recipients work in a country in which they are not free to do their vital human rights work, or in which their rights to do so are under attack. In response, they have stood up to defend civil and political rights both for themselves and for others. For a full list of past award recipients, see here.

How can I contribute to your work?

The easiest way to contribute to our work is via a gift to Civil Rights Defenders here. Your gift strengthens human rights defenders in some of the world’s most repressive regions.

I’m a journalist and have some questions about the award. How do I get in touch?

Press inquires are welcome. You can reach us at +46 (0)76 576 27 62 or press@crd.org.