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Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

The Martin Ennals Award recognises a human rights defender. It enjoys the active support of the City of Geneva.

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Cérémonie Martin Ennals 2020

Cérémonie 2020 de la remise du prix Martin Ennals

Presented in Geneva every year, the Martin Ennals Award recognises a human rights defender working in a difficult environment, often at great personal risk. The Martin Ennals Awards highlights the courage and perseverance of human rights defenders and provides both the winners and finalists with protection through a high media visibility. The award enjoys the active support of the City of Geneva, which organises the awards ceremony in cooperation with the Martin Ennals Foundation.

By shedding light on the actions of people who fight for human rights, this award aims to make the population aware of the all-too-frequent attacks suffered by civilians during times of war, political prisoners and other victims of injustice.

Created in 1994, the award focuses on highlighting individuals and their actions in the field. The three finalists each receive a travel grant worth CHF 5,000, enabling them to attend the awards ceremony in Geneva. The Martin Ennals Foundation also offers the winner at least CHF 20,000 and a further CHF 10,000 to each of the other two finalists.

The Martin Ennals award has gained global recognition and is even referred to by some people as the “Nobel Prize for Human Rights”. The Award Jury comprises ten of the leading organisations promoting human rights, thereby guaranteeing the credibility and independence of the selection procedure for the finalists. The jury consists of the following organisations:

Martin Ennals Award 2020

At a ceremony organised by the City of Geneva on 19 February 2020, the Martin Ennals Award was presented to Huda Al-Sarari, Yemeni lawyer and human rights defender.

Martin Ennals Award 2019

At a ceremony organised by the City of Geneva on 13 February 2019, the Martin Ennals Award was presented to Abdul Aziz Muhamat.

No ceremony in 2018

As the ceremony was postponed for four months to be held henceforth in February, there will be no awards ceremony in 2018. The next ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday 13 February 2019 in the Plainpalais community hall.

Martin Ennals Award 2017

At a ceremony organised by the City of Geneva on Tuesday 10 October 2017 as part of the Human Rights Week of the University of Geneva, the Martin Ennals Award was presented to Mohamed Zaree (Egypt).

Martin Ennals Award 2016

At a ceremony organised by the City of Geneva on Tuesday 11 October 2016 as part of the 4th Human Rights Week of the University of Geneva, the Martin Ennals Award was presented to Ilham Tohti (China)

Martin Ennals Award 2015

On Tuesday 6 October 2015, as part of the 3rd Human Rights Week of the University of Geneva, the Martin Ennals Award was presented to Ahmed Mansoor (United Arab Emirates).

Martin Ennals Award 2014

On 7 October 2014, as part of the 2nd Human Rights Week at the University Dufour, the Martin Ennals Award was presented to Alejandra Ancheita (Mexico).

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Martin Ennals Award 2013

On 8 October 2013, as part of the 1st Human Rights Week at the University Dufour, the Martin Ennals Award was presented to Joint Mobile Group (Russia) for its activity in Chechnya.

Martin Ennals Award 2012

On 2 October 2012 at Victoria Hall, the Martin Ennals Award was presented to the Venerable Luon Sovath (Cambodia), actively committed to fighting the expropriation of land in his country.

Martin Ennals Award 2011

On 13 October 2011 at Victoria Hall, the Martin Ennals Award was presented to Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera (Uganda) for her work on the rights of LGBT people and other marginalised people in her country.

Martin Ennals Award 2010

On 15 October 2010 at Victoria Hall, the Martin Ennals Award was presented by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, to Muhannad Al-Hassani (Syria) for his exceptional work in defending human rights.

Winners in previous years

  • 2009: Emad Baghi;
  • 2008: Mutabar Tadjibaeva;
  • 2007: Rajan Hoole;
  • 2006: Akbar Ganji;
  • 2005: Aktham Naisse.

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Article modifié le 26.02.2020 à 16:00