Public voting for the 2015 Human Rights Tulip has begun. Voting ends on Wednesday, 16 September at 23:59 (CEST). Anyone wishing to vote can go to www.humanrightstulip.nl and choose which of the 30 nominees they believe deserves the prize the most. The Human Rights Tulip, an award for human rights defenders working in innovative ways, was instituted as a means of encouraging activists to share their knowledge and experience.
The Human Rights Tulip is awarded once a year by the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, who chooses the winner on the basis of the public vote and the advice of the international jury on the last six candidates. Of these six, three are selected by the public in the online voting process. There are three ‘wild card’ candidates chosen on the basis of the quality of their entries, making it easier for nominees with smaller networks to reach the final. The independent international jury is headed by the well-known human rights defender and former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya from Uganda.
On 10 December the Dutch foreign minister will award the winner the bronze Human Rights Tulip statue and a prize worth € 100.000,-. The winner can use the funding to further develop his or her innovative contribution to strengthening human rights – and on such a scale that as many people and places benefit as possible.
The nomination round yielded almost 200. From these 200, 30 candidates went through to the online voting round. Public voting opens on Tuesday 9 September at 12.00 and will close on Wednesday 16 September at 24.00 CET.
Hivos is pleased to have been chosen by the Dutch Foreign Ministry to support the Human Rights Tulip Award in 2014 and 2015. For Hivos, this is an important recognition of the expertise and experience we have gained over the years working on a myriad of human rights issues, including LGBT-issues, sexual and reproductive rights, women’s rights and fighting impunity.