The Human Rights Tulip is an award given by the Dutch government. It has been awarded since 2008 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It honors courageous human rights defenders or human rights organisations that promote and support human rights peacefully and in innovative ways.

The award is intended to support human rights defenders and to help them inspire each other. Since 2013 there has been a greater focus on the innovative character of the winners’ efforts. With this award, the Dutch government hopes to give the work of human rights defenders more legitimacy and visibility.

The award comes with €100,000 in prize money, which the winner can use to further develop or expand the scale of their work for human rights. In this way the prize benefits more people in more places. The prize money comes out of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Human Rights Fund. The winner also receives a bronze sculpture in the shape of a tulip, designed by the Dutch artists Huub and Adelheid Kortekaas.

Funding Information

  • The prize consists of a tulip-shaped bronze statuette designed by Dutch artists Hub and Adelheid Kortekaas, and prize money of €100,000 to be used to further develop or scale up the human rights defender’s work and to pay for training courses.
  • The Human Rights Tulip also provides international recognition, legitimacy and visibility for winners and their efforts.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Human rights defenders and human rights organisations from anywhere in the world that promote or protect human rights in peaceful ways can be nominated.
  • Only living persons and currently active organisations are eligible candidates.

Selection Criteria

  • Working to peacefully promote and/or protect human rights, especially in one of the following fields:
    • freedom of expression (including online);
    • freedom of religion or belief;
    • equal rights for LGBTI persons;
    • equal rights for women and girls;
    • fight against impunity and accountability for international crimes.
  • Level of repression and risks faced as a result of the human rights work.
  • Level of innovation and creativity in the approach to promote and protect human rights.
  • Ability to achieve impact and to reach and improve the life of (marginalized) beneficiaries through the human rights work.
  • Working with and involving relevant partner organizations and/or communities.
  • Sustainability of the project and the possibility to scale up the approach or project.

For more information, visit Human Rights Tulip.

Name of the Organisation
The Human Rights Tulip
Grant Amount
Euro 1,00,000
Closing date of Proposal
Sunday, 29 March, 2020
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