Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Nominations opened for 2014 Human Rights Tulip

Starting this week, human rights defenders from around the world may be nominated for the 2014 Human Rights Tulip, the Dutch government’s human rights award. On 9 December the Minister of Foreign Affairs will present the prize and the accompanying bronze tulip-shaped sculpture to the winner.

The Human Right Tulip is an annual award to individuals or organisations that promote human rights worldwide in innovative ways. The prize is intended to help human rights defenders learn from each other.

Anyone can nominate a candidate for the prize on the website www.humanrightstulip.nl.Nominations will close on 7 September, and at the end of September the nominees will be announced. Members of the public can then vote in an online poll for their candidate of choice. An independent jury will consider the three leading candidates from the online poll as well as three ‘wild card’ candidates from organisations with a smaller public network. The jury will advise the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who will choose the winner.

The award comes with €100,000 in prize money, which the winner can use to further develop or expand the scale of their work for human rights. In this way the prize benefits people in as many places as possible. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has chosen the organisation Hivos to support the winner in this work.

In 2013 the Tulip was awarded to the Pakistani organisation Aahung, which does exceptional work in promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights among young people and adults in Pakistan. Aahung is using the prize money to produce a three-part TV drama, radio shows, and a campaign of text messages about the rights of women and girls.