Revised Call for Nominations

The Martin Ennals Award (MEA) will change its annual award cycle starting with the next Laureate announcement and ceremony.  In recent years, the three finalists have been announced in April and the ceremony announcing the Laureate has been held in October.  The annual cycle will shift forward by four months.  The next Laureate will be announced at the ceremony in February 2019. The three finalists will be announced in October/November 2018.

Thus, we will be reopening nominations with a new deadline of 26 March 2018.

Nominations already submitted for October 2018 will be considered for February 2019.


The MEA aims to recognize individuals, or exceptionally organisations, who are working in conditions hostile to fundamental human rights, at risk, and in need of protection.

  • Nominees must be active in the promotion and protection of human rights.
  • Nominations are welcome from all regions, genders, and human rights related themes. We take a broad view of what a human rights defender is.
  • Special account is taken of those who combat human rights violations by courageous and innovative means.

The Jury Organisations include:


Nominate a candidate for the Martin Ennals Award here