2011 Martin Ennals Award: nominations requested

The deadline for nominations for the 2011 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders (MEA) is drawing near.

The ICJ encourages you to consider nominating worthy human rights defenders for the award – before the deadline of 9 December 2010.

Anyone can nominate an individual or organisation they feel is worthy of the award, by filling out the nomination form:


Three referees are needed for a valid nomination and these people must have agreed to act as such.

Organizations and individuals may not nominate themselves.

The goal of the MEA is to extend recognition and protective publicity to those who are currently involved in front line work for the promotion and protection of human rights. The Award aims to encourage individuals and, exceptionally, organisations who are currently working for the rights of others in conditions hostile to fundamental human rights and who are in need of protection. Special account is taken of those who have demonstrated an active record of combating human rights violations by courageous and innovative means.

Announcement of the ‘finalist’ nominees will be made in approximately mid-March, and announcement of the laureate is made in early May.

The selection is made by the Jury of the Martin Ennals Foundation, of which ICJ is a member. The other organizations are: Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Federation of Human Rights, World Organisation Against Torture, Front Line, International Service for Human Rights, Human Rights First, Diakonie Germany and HURIDOCS.

To find out more about nominating someone for the Martin Ennals Award, including a definition of human rights defenders for the purpose of the award, visit: