Martin Ennals Award 2022 for Extraordinary Human Rights Defenders

Nomination deadline: 30 May 2021

About the award

Nominations are now open for the 2022 edition of the Martin Ennals Award (MEA) that recognizes human rights defenders and organizations who have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to defending human rights in the face of obstacles and risks involved, and who need protection in continuing their work. This 2022 Award of Martin Ennals Foundation will go to a human rights defender who is working at the intersection of human rights and digital connectivity because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on digitalization of connectivity while keeping the human rights of those with less access to this new shift in relationships.

Martin Ennals Award Details

Nomination deadline: 30 May 2021

Awarding organization: Martin Ennals Foundation

Number of finalists: 3

Announcement of laureate and awarding ceremony: Feb 2022


  • The winner receives a valuable financial prize intended to support his/her work.
  • The Award seeks to protect the prize-winning defenders by showcasing their work through the international media and mobilizing international support for them.
  • The receipt of the Award is supplemented by significant advocacy and outreach activities in favor of the human rights defenders engaged.
  • The winner also receives international recognition and credibility of the Martin Ennals Award that contributes to their protection, along with the support of outstanding figures such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the City of Geneva, the Republic and Canton of Geneva, and other partner organizations.


In addition to an exceptional commitment to defending and protecting human rights, the following criteria must be met by the nominees/candidates.

Candidates must:

  • Be currently active in promoting and protecting human rights. The Award does not consider defenders posthumously.
  • Should not use or advocate violence.
  • Not self-nominations for the award.
  • Not be those who are no longer need protection (e.g. because they are now in a safe environment).

Nominees and nominators have to read the award ethical guidelines beforehand.

How to Nominate for the Award?

Nominators have to nominate a human rights defender by filling the nomination form online. The form may be filled in English, Spanish, Arabic or French.

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