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Call for Nominations: Martin Ennals Award

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 20, 2021 from Brazil
Expires on May 30, 2021
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Martin Ennals Award logo

Nominations are now open for the Martin Ennals Award to nominate human rights defenders.

The Martin Ennals Foundation provides support and protection to human rights defenders (HRDs) at risk, who have shown exceptional commitment to the promotion of human rights.

Their ambition is to strengthen the legitimacy and recognition of all HRDs who work in hostile and dangerous environments.

The Martin Ennals Foundation is guided by the universal principles of human rights. They are part of the global human rights movement ensuring fundamental rights for everyone, everywhere. Integrity, equity and respect for the dignity of all persons, are the cornerstones of their values.

The Martin Ennals Award is a unique collaboration between ten of the world’s leading human rights organizations, who form the independent Jury that selects winners of the Award.

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The Martin Ennals Award (MEA) is an international Award given to human rights defenders in urgent need of protection. Many defenders who are nominated for the Award face serious risks – for example, they are in jail or at risk of detention; they have been prevented from carrying out their work by authorities or businesses, or they have disappeared.

The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders honors individuals and organizations who have shown exceptional commitment to defending human rights, despite the risks involved.

To qualify for the Award, the nominees must:
1. Be currently active in the promotion and protection of human rights;
2. Not employ or advocate violence;
3. Not be self-nominated;
4. Be in need of protection.

Post-humous nominations are not eligible.

Nominees must also read and acknowledge the Martin Ennals Foundation Ethical Guidelines.

All of the winners receive an important financial prize intended to support his or her work in the field of human rights.

The deadline to nominate human rights defenders to the Martin Ennals Award 2022 is May 30, 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 20
Apr 20

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2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
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Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Apr 21
Apr 21

Thanks, Ana! Sounds great.

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 21
Apr 21

Yes, it sounds great.