RFK Center is Accepting Nominations for 2014 Human Rights Award
Thank you for your interest in the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. The nomination phase for the 2014 award closed on Friday, March 14. If you have any questions concerning your nomination or other questions about the award, please contact:
Call for submissions for the
2014 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award
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Procedures for Submitting a Nomination
Anyone can nominate a human rights defender for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. There is no limit to the number of nominations an individual can make, but no self-nominations will be accepted.
To nominate a human rights defender for the Award, please follow the steps below:
*The deadline for submitting a nomination for the 2014 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award is March 14, 2014, 5:00 PM EST.*
Persons working non-violently to promote and protect human rights of all are eligible for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. Those who have worked strategically and effectively to address serious human rights problems are given the highest priority. Often these human rights defenders are working against tremendous odds and at grave personal risk. The nominee should have an established reputation for integrity, creativity, and commitment to human rights principles.
Please note the following criteria for ineligibility:
- Nominees must not be part of a government institution;
- Nominees must not have an official role within a political party (please note the nominee can be affiliated with a political party);
- Nominees must not be self-nominated; and
- Nominees must not be nominated for the purposes of a lifetime achievement award or a posthumous award.
About the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award
The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award was established in 1984 by his eldest child, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, to honor courageous and innovative individuals striving for social justice throughout the world. Each year, the RFK Center awards an individual whose courageous activism is at the heart of the human rights movement and in the spirit of Robert F. Kennedy's vision and legacy. The Human Rights Award Laureates have made significant contributions to their countries through years of dedicated work. Human rights defenders recognized with the RFK Human Rights Award are chosen through an exhaustive annual nomination and selection process with nominations submitted from all over the world. The RFK Center offers not only a monetary contribution to their cause, but also forges strategic partnerships with the recipients of the Award. Visit http://rfkcenter.org/human-rights-award to see previous RFK Human Rights Award Laureates.
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For more information about submitting a nomination, please contact Lydia Allen at