Historical Accounts

The Prize 2002


Human Rights Awards in the World




Nobel Peace Prize

Awarded to one person who demonstrates outstanding commitment and sacrifice to promoting peace and justice anywhere in the world.
Monetary award: $1.2 million

Last Prize Winners : 2001 : United Nations and its Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.

All the Nobel Peace Prize Winners since 1901


Norwegian Nobel Committee
Nobel Institute
Drammensvelen 19
N-0255 Oslo

The United Nations Award for Human Rights

Created in 1966 and awarded for outstanding contributions to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. (1968 and then in 1973, 1978, 1988, 1993 and 1998)

Last Prize Winners : December 1998

  • Sunila Abeyesekera (Sri Lanka)
  • Angelina Acheng Atyam (Uganda),
  • Jimmy Carter (U.S.A.)
  • Jose Gregori (Brazil)
  • Anna Sabatova (Czech Republic),
  • A Prize was given in honour of all human rights defenders.
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
    CH 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
    Telephone : (41 22) 9179000

    European Human Rights Prize by the Council of Europe




    The Carter-Menil Human Rights Prize

    Awarded to individuals or organizations for their outstanding efforts on behalf of human rights, often at great personal sacrifice
    Monetary award: $100,000

    The Carter Center
    453 Freedom Parkway
    Atlanta, GA 30307
    (404) 331-3900

    The Wateler Peace Prize



    Erasmus Prize

    Awarded annually to a person or institution that has made an exceptionally important contribution to European culture, society or social science: open, tolerant, non-dogmatic and critical thought characterizes the philosophy of Erasmus
    Monetary award: NLG. 300.000
    Last Prize winner : Mary Robinson

    Praemium Erasmianum Foundation
    Jan van Goyenkade 5
    NL-1075 HN Amsterdam
    Phone + 31 (0)20 6752753
    Telefax + 31 (0)20 6752231


    International Human Rights Award (Rule of Law Award)

    Awarded annually to a distinguished foreign human rights lawyer who has suffered persecution as a result of his or her professional activities.
    No significant monetary award.
    Last Prize winner : Vera Stremskovskaya (Belarus)and Zainur Zakaria (Malaysia)

    American Bar Association
    750 North Lake Shore Drive
    Chicago, IL 60611
    (312) 988-5000
    International Law Division: (612) 347-7079

    Amnesty International Ginetta Sagan Award

    Awarded to a woman who works on behalf of women and children, demonstrates courage and effectiveness in her fight for human rights, and resides or originates in the specific region of the crisis.
    Monetary award: $10,000

    Amnesty International Media Spotlight Award

    Awarded to individuals or who represent the media, in one of eight categories, who have contributed to the awareness and exposure of human rights violations. Honored at an annual gala.
    No monetary award.

    Amnesty International USA
    322 Eighth Ave.
    New York, NY 10001-4808
    (212) 807-8400



    Asian Human Rights Award

    Awarded to organizations (NGOs) or individuals who have conducted great meritorious service toward solving human rights problems or toward improving the human rights situation in Asia.
    Monetary Award: $3,500

    Female Human Rights Special Award

    Awarded to organizations or individuals who have contributed particularly to the human rights of women.
    Monetary Award: $3,500

    The Foundation of Human Rights in Asia (FHRA)
    Japan Akasaka Square Bldg.
    6F-B 2-10-16 Akasaka Minato-ku
    Tokyo 107-0052
    Fax: +81-3-5570-5504

    The Citizen Activist Award

    Awarded to a citizen who has challenged injustice in the United States and made a difference in civil rights.
    Monetary award: $100,000

    The International Activist Award

    Awarded to a human rights activist outside of the United States who displays courage, conviction, and tenacity to bring justice in the international community.
    Monetary award: $100,000

    The Michael Scherner Activist Award

    Awarded to five full-time undergraduate college students who have battled any social or political oppression - such as sexism, racism, homophobia, and various other forms of injustice.
    Monetary award: $1,000 per student

    Gleitsman Foundation
    P.O. Box 6888
    Malibu, CA 90264 or
    1800 Century Park East, Suite 300
    Los Angeles, CA 90067-1506
    (310) 457-6199
    Fax: (310) 457-8324

    Hellman/Hammett Award

    Awarded to writers in the world who had been victims of political persecution and are in financial need. In addition to providing much needed financial assistance, the Hellman/Hammett grants focus attention on repression of free speech and censorship by publicizing the persecution endured by the grant recipients.
    Monetary award: in total, $150,000 to $200,000

    Human Rights Watch
    1522 K Street, NW, #910
    Washington, DC 20005-1202
    (202) 371-6592
    Fax: (202) 371-0124

    The John Humphrey Freedom Award

    Awarded to a non-governmental organization or individual for exceptional contributions to promote and defend human rights and democracy. Preference is given to those who are working under difficult circumstances in reference to political and legal institutions. The person or organization must not be affiliated with any political party.
    Monetary award: $30,000 (U.S. Dollars)

    International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development
    63, Rue de Bresoles
    Bur. 100
    Montreal, Quebec
    Canada H2Y 1V7
    (514) 283-6073
    Fax: (514) 283-3792

    International Human Rights Award

    Awarded to an individual who resides outside of the United States who contributes to a significant international human rights cause.
    No monetary award.

    Goler T. Butcher Award for Lifetime Achievement in Human Rights

    Awarded to a person who has greatly impacted human and civil rights throughout a lifetime in the United States.
    No monetary award.

    International Human Rights Partners Award

    Awarded to a partner organization of the International Human Rights Law Group in another country which has significantly contributed to human rights.
    No monetary award.

    International Human Rights Law Group
    1601 Connecticut Ave., Suite 700
    Washington, D.C. 20009
    (202) 232-8500
    Fax: (202) 232-6731

    The Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize

    Awarded every two years to a lawyer who have illustrated by his work, his activity or his sufferings, the defense of the human rights,
    Monetary award : 5 000 € (around $ 4 400 )
    Last Prize winner : Esber Yagmurdereli (Turkey)

    Human Rights Institute of the Bar of Bordeaux (IDHBB)

    18-20, Rue du Maréchal-Joffre
    33000 BORDEAUX
    33-5-56 8173 75
    Fax : 33-5 56 44 33 12
    e-mail :

    UAE- European Lawyer’s Union – Human Rights
    31, Grand Rue
    L 2011 LUXEMBURG
    Tel  : 352 47 38 89
    Fax : 352 46 49 41
    e-mail :


    Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

    Awarded annually to an individual, or an organization, in recognition of their commitment and ongoing endeavor in the defense and promotion of human rights. Nominees must be involved currently in work for the promotion and protection of human rights.
    Monetary award: $14,344.
    Last Prize winner : Jacqueline Mouïdena (Tchad)(2002)

    The Martin Ennals Foundation
    Bert Verstappen, MEF Consultant
    48, chemin de Grand-Montfleury
    CH-1290 Versoix, Switzerland
    Fax: +41.22.755.5260



    NED Democracy Award

    Presented to an outspoken advocate of human rights, freedom, and democracy, who exhibits leadership and courage.

    National Endowment for Democracy
    1101 Fifteenth Street, N.W., Suite 700
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    (202) 293-9072
    Fax: (202) 223-6042


    International "Jaime Brunet" Human Rights Prize

    Awarded to Legal persons, work teams, institutions or organisms for promoting and disseminating the defence of human rights to make a contribution to the eradication of cases of inhuman or degrading treatment to human beings and where the rights inherent to a person's dignity are not respected.
    Monetary award: 6 million pesetas
    Last Prize winner : Pierre Sané (France)

    Fundación Brunet
    Universidad Pública de Navarra
    Campus de Arrosadia, 31006 Pamplona, España
    Teléfono: (948) 169223
    Fax: (948) 169004

    Netherlands Democracy and Human Rights Award

    Given to individuals and institutions who strive for the establishment and preservation of democracy and against dictatorship, discrimination and racism. in memory of 18 members of the Geuzen Dutch resistance group who were shot by German occupation forces at The Hague on 13 March 1941.

    Last Prize winner : Natasa Kandic and Veton Suroi



    Nuremberg International Human Rights Award.

    Monetary award : DM 25.000 for 1997

    PEN Newman's Own Award

    Given to an American citizen who promotes human rights in America (namely those rights associated with the First Amendment).

    Monetary award: $25,000

    International PEN Annual Awards
    568 Broadway
    New York, NY 10012
    (212) 334-1660
    Fax: (212) 334-2181


    Reebok Human Rights Award

    Given to a person, thirty years of age or younger, who is fighting on the forefront for human rights anywhere in the world according to the definition given by United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
    Monetary award: $25,000

    Reebok Foundation
    100 Technology Center Dr.
    Stoughton, MA 02072
    (617) 341-5000
    Fax: (617) 297-4806

    Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award

    Awarded to an individual who fights against oppression in the pursuit of human rights by resisting persecution, takes great personal sacrifices, and practicing nonviolence; the award can be presented for a single act or a series of acts over any length of time.
    Monetary award: $30,000
    Last Prize winner : Michael Kpakala Francis (Liberia)

    Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation
    1367 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 200
    Washington, D.C. 20036
    (202) 463-7575
    Fax: (202) 463-6606

    Ramon Magsaysay Award

    Awarded to individuals and organizations in Asia whose civic contributions and leadership "exemplify the greatness of spirit, integrity, and devotion to freedom of Ramon Magsaysay," former president of the Philippines who died tragically in an airplane crash. Often regarded as the Nobel Prizes of Asia, these awards are presented in five categories: government service, public service, community leadership, international understanding, and journalism, literature, and creative communication arts.
    Monetary award: $50,000

    Rockefeller Brothers Fund
    437 Madison Avenue, 37th Floor
    New York, NY 10022-7001
    (212) 812-4200
    Fax: (212) 812-4299

    Professor Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize

    Given to an individual who is a fearless advocate for the oppressed, as was Thorolf Rafto in the former Soviet Union.

    Last Prize Winner : Shirin Ebadi ( Iran) 2001

    Thorolf Rafto Foundation
    Bergen, Norway
    +47 55210950


    The WAN Golden Pen of Freedom Award

    Awarded annually to an individual, group, or institution who exhibits an outstanding action, in writing or deed, in the cause of freedom of press.
    No monetary award.

    The World Association of Newspapers (WAN)
    25 rye d'Astorg
    75008 Paris
    (33-1) 47-42-85-00


    The Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights

    Awarded annually to a leader in health and human rights, be it an individual or organisation (first awarded 1999).

    Mike Feldstein
    Tel: +1-202-833-5900, ext. 220
    Email :

    UNESCO Prize for the Teaching of Human Rights

    Awarded to an Institution, an Organization or an individual in recognition of a significant activity aimed at developing Human Rights
    Monetary Award : $10000 and a Diploma from 1990 (Bi-Annual)
    Last Prize winner : Michael Kirby (Australia)

    7, place de Fontenoy
    75352 PARIS 07 SP
    Téléphone national : 01 45 68 10 00
      international : 33 1 45 68 10 00
    Télécopie nationale : 01 45 67 16 90
      internationale : 33 1 45 67 16 90
    Email :



    The Wang Kang-Lu Human Rights Award


    Awarded to a person(s) or an organization who has worked to promote and/or contribute to human rights improvment in Taiwan


    Last Prize winner : Ms. Shiou-hwa Huang

    The Formosan Association for Human Rights.


    Weimar Defender of Human Rights Award

    City of Weimar (Germany).

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