Call for Nominations: The 34th Annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights


The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award seeks to identify and honor people who embody Robert F. Kennedy’s belief in the power of individual moral courage to overcome injustice. Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has honored over 45 human rights defenders working in 29 countries since 1984. The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award Laureates are individuals who stand up to oppression at grave personal risk in the non-violent pursuit of human rights.

Each year, we invite the public to nominate outstanding champions of human rights who are leading efforts to secure dignity for all people. Do you know someone who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to bringing justice and human rights to the people who need them the most, despite serious personal risk or sacrifice? If so, please nominate your own human rights champion for the 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.

The Award recognizes the work of outstanding individuals and provides the opportunity to support the work of the Laureate on an ongoing basis through strategic litigation; training and capacity building; and advocacy before governments, international organizations, and other institutions. Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights often forges strategic partnerships with the recipients of the Award and for this reason it is important to nominate someone who could find the support of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights useful.

Please note that nominations must be submitted in English. An independent expert panel will select the recipient based on their dedication and accomplishments toward social justice and the non-violent and effective tactics used to achieve their goals.

Please help us honor Robert F. Kennedy’s legacy of advancing social justice and peace for all by nominating a human rights defender today. We depend on our friends and allies like you to help us find our next hero working for a better, more just world. I hope you will take a moment to learn more about the nomination process, and if you know someone fighting every day for justice, please submit their name.

The deadline for submitting a nomination is March 31, 2017

Click here to nominate someone for the 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award

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