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2018 EU Human Rights Defenders Award: Call for nominations

The winner of the EU Human Rights Defenders Award 2017, Ms. Pamela Judith Angwech, together with the Heads of Missions of the EU Member States, the EU Delegation and Norway. Photo: Trust Funds for Victims  - Photo:Trust Funds for Victims
The winner of the EU Human Rights Defenders Award 2017, Ms. Pamela Judith Angwech, together with the Heads of Missions of the EU Member States, the EU Delegation and Norway. Photo: Trust Funds for Victims

The annual European Union Human Rights Defenders Award (EU HRD), now in its seventh year, is granted by the EU and its Member States in Uganda, and Norway to recognize the achievements of Human Rights Defenders in Uganda.

The award recognises outstanding contributions to human rights.

The European Union Delegation in Uganda, together with the European Union Member States represented in Uganda and the Embassy of Norway, is inviting nominations for the 2018 EU Human Rights Defenders (HRD) Award.  The award is presented annually, to raise awareness of the work of Human Rights Defenders in Uganda. The award recognises and honours the achievements of an individual Human Rights Defender active in Uganda, who has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights in 2017.

Individuals or organisations can nominate candidates for the EU HRD Award. Nominations from human rights organisations active in Uganda are particularly welcome.  Human Rights Defenders are people who promote and protect universally recognised human rights and fundamental freedoms.  These include civil and political rights, as well as economic, social and cultural rights.  Human Rights Defenders also promote and protect the rights of members of minority groups.

The broad range of activities carried out by Human Rights Defenders can include the following:

• documenting human rights violations;

• seeking remedies for victims of human rights violations through the provision of legal, psychological, medical or other support;

• combating the culture of impunity which can hide systematic and repeated breaches of human rights and fundamental freedoms;

• mainstreaming a human rights culture, and transmitting information about HRDs at the national, regional and international levels;

• advocacy for the respect of human rights.

 

Nominations should be sent by e-mail to: edith.okech@eeas.europa.eu

Nominations should use the following NOMINATION FORM and should be a maximum of one page in length.

The deadline for nominations for the 2018 EU HRD Awards is 29th March 2018.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony hosted by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium (Date and venue TBC).