Netherlands Embassy in Dakar, Senegal

Call for nominations for the Human Rights Defenders Tulip 2012

Nominations are now being accepted for the Human Rights Defenders Tulip 2012. This human rights prize is presented by the Dutch government to a man or woman who has shown exceptional courage in protecting and promoting the rights of fellow citizens. Read more...

We are now taking nominations for the 2012 Human Rights Defenders Tulip. Anyone is welcome to put forward a candidate between now and 15 June.

The award honours people who, in their daily lives, work to promote and protect the rights of their fellow citizens, through peaceful means. The recipient should be a person who has shown exceptional courage and suffered (or runs the risk of suffering) negative consequences as a result of his/her actions as a human rights defender. The honouree should also stand to benefit from the recognition and visibility associated with the award. Please note that only individuals are eligible for the award, not organisations.

Human rights defenders anywhere in the world can be nominated. The winner will be selected by an independent jury.  The prize consists of a bronze human rights defender’s tulip (a special variety of the flower) and financial support for a human rights project devised by the winner. In consultation with the winner, a working visit will be organised to coincide with the award ceremony.

Nominations can be submitted online, by email, fax or post. They will only be accepted if accompanied by a completed nomination form and the necessary documents. Submissions can be made in Dutch, English, French or Spanish.  The nomination form is available in these four languages. You can find additional information here. To learn more, please visit or contact Chris Collier at the Human Rights Tulip secretariat, by email ( or phone (+31 (0)6 3493 6026).