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The 2014 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award


Thank you for your interest in the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. The nomination phase for the 2014 award closed on Friday, March 14. If you have any questions concerening your nomination or anything about the award, please contact: nominations@rfkcenter.org. Thank you.

 

Eligibility

Persons working non-violently to promote and protect human rights of all are eligible for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. Those who have worked strategically and effectively to address serious human rights problems are given the highest priority. Often these human rights defenders are working against tremendous odds and at grave personal risk. The nominee should have an established reputation for integrity, creativity, and commitment to human rights principles.

Please note the following criteria for ineligibility:

  • Nominees must not be part of a government institution;
  • Nominees must not have an official role within a political party (please note the nominee can be affiliated with a political party);
  • Nominees must not be self-nominated; and
  • Nominees must not be nominated for the purposes of a lifetime achievement award or a posthumous award.
 

For more information regarding the eligibility criteria, please visit the RFK Center website.

 

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About the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award

The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award was established in 1984 by his eldest child, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, to honor courageous and innovative individuals striving for social justice throughout the world. Each year, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights (RFK Center) awards an individual whose courageous activism is at the heart of the human rights movement and in the spirit of Robert F. Kennedy's vision and legacy. The Human Rights Award Laureates have made significant contributions to their countries through years of dedicated work. Laureates are chosen through an exhaustive annual nomination and selection process with nominations submitted from all over the world. The RFK Center offers a monetary contribution to their cause and forges strategic partnerships with the recipients of the Award.

Watch this video to learn more about the RFK Center's impact partnering with human rights defenders around the world!


About the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights

The RFK Center’s core programs focus on the power of the individual, working through alliances and organizations, to generate change. RFK PARTNERS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS bolsters the efficacy of human rights defenders through sustained, strategic partnerships, extending their reach to legislators, diplomats, international institutions, and corporations. RFK SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER educates students and the public about human rights issues and provides the tools for creating change in their communities; RFK COMPASS convenes the financial community to advance a discussion of the connections among investment performance, fiduciary duty, and public interest issues to optimize risk-adjusted rates of returns and address current and future global challenges. Through its offices in Florence, Italy, RFK EUROPE extends its human rights education and advocacy programs across Europe, raising awareness and igniting change. Through the RFK TRAINING INSTITUTE, RFK EUROPE organizes training programs for high school teachers and increasingly engages with human rights leaders, executives, and nonprofit directors throughout the world to develop human rights and social justice strategies. For more information on RFK Center programs, please visit: www.rfkcenter.org.



Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award Laureates


2013
Ragia Omran (Egypt): Advancing women's rights, the rule of law, and democracy in Egypt through human rights legal advocacy.

2012
Librada Paz (United States): Advocating for the rights of farmworkers and migrant workers in the U.S.
 
2011
Frank Mugisha (Uganda): Championing human rights for sexual minorities in Uganda and against discrimination and persecution faced by the LGBTI community.
 
2010
Abel Barrera Hernández (Mexico): Fighting for the full spectrum of human rights of indigenous and rural communities and demanding protection of human rights defenders in the region.
 
2009
Magodonga Mahlangu & Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) (Zimbabwe): Advocating for political and social change in Zimbabwe, empowering women, and striving for universal education.
 
2008
Aminatou Haidar (Western Sahara): Promoting the civil and political rights of the people of Western Sahara, including the freedom of speech and assembly and the right to self-determination.
 
2007
Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Abdallah (Sudan): Treating victims of torture, and to ensure peace process includes provisions for post conflict truth and reconciliation.
 
2006
Sonia Pierre (Dominican Republic): Working for the rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic.
 
2005
Stephen Bradberry (United States): Establishing the right to return and participate for those displaced from their homes by the Gulf Coast hurricanes.
 
2004
Delphine Djiraibe (Chad): Advocating for social, economic, and environmental rights in Chad and for World Bank accountability and corporate responsibility in the disbursement of oil revenues.
                                                                                                                                                          
2003
Coalition of Immokalee Workers (United States): Ending modern-day slavery and the exploitation of migrant workers in the U.S. agricultural industry.
 
2002
Loune Viaud (Haiti): Realizing the human right to health for all Haitians.
 
2001
Darci Frigo (Brazil): Promoting rights of the landless and sustainable agriculture in Brazil and combating modern-day slavery.
 
2000
Martin Macwan (India): Bringing an end to human rights violations and discrimination against the “untouchable” Dalit population in India.
 
1999
Archbishop Michael Kpakala Francis (Liberia): Strengthening Liberian civil society and respect for human rights as a basis for sustainable peace.
 
1998
Berenice Celeyta, Gloria Florez and Jaime Prieto (Colombia): Protecting human rights defenders and defending the rights of those marginalized by the internal conflict in Colombia.
 
1997
Sezgin Tanrikulu (Turkey): Defending the rights of Kurdish citizens.
Senal Sarihan (Turkey): Strengthening Turkey's civil society and promoting women's rights.
 
1996
Anonymous (Sudan): Eliminating the persecution of minorities in Sudan.
 
1995
Doan Viet Hoat (Vietnam): Striving for a democratic government and economic and human rights reform for the Vietnamese people.
Nguyen Dan Que (Vietnam): Advocating for political reform and freedom of expression in Viet Nam.
Kailash Satyarthi (India): Ending child labor and realizing the human right to education for all children.
 
1994
Ren Wanding (China): Promoting a democratic government and the release of political prisoners.
Wei Jingsheng (China): Advocating for human rights and political reform in China.
 
1993
Bambang Widjojanto (Indonesia): Promoting self-determination and control of natural resources by West Papuans.
 
1992
Chakufwa Chihana (Malawi): Promoting a democratic society and workers' rights.
 
1991
Avigdor Feldman (Israel): Advocating for civil rights and justice in Israel.
Raji Sourani (Palestine): Defending the human rights of the Palestinian people.
 
1990
Amilcar Mendez Urizar (Guatemala): Protecting the constitutional and human rights of Guatemala's indigenous population.
 
1989
Fang Lizhi (China): Advocating for democracy and freedom of education in China.
 
1988
Gibson Kamau Kuria (Kenya): Championing for Kenya's legal and constitutional reform.
 
1987
Kim Keun Tae and In Jae Keun (South Korea): Striving for democracy in South Korea and eliminating the systematic torture of political prisoners.
 
1986
Zbigniew Bujak (Poland): Promoting a democratic society in Poland.
Adam Michnik (Poland): Opposing communist rule in Poland.
 
1985
Allan Boesak, Beyers Naude, and Winnie Mandela (South Africa): Ending apartheid in South Africa.
 
1984
CoMadres (El Salvador): Ending politically motivated forced disappearances in El Salvador.

For more information about the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award Laureates, please visit http://rfkcenter.org/human-rights-award.

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