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Rights & Democracy Award from Human rights & democratic development.


International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development presents the John Humphrey Award each year to an organization or individual from any region of the world for outstanding achievement in the promotion of human rights and democratic development.

The Award consists of a grant of $30,000 and a speaking tour of Canadian cities to help increase awareness of the recipient’s human rights work.

It is named in honour of the late John Peters Humphrey, the Canadian human rights law professor who prepared the first draft of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Scholarship Application Eligibility

  • The nominee (an individual or an organization) must be committed to peace and non-violence.
  • The nominee must be independent of any political party or governmental affiliation.
  • Preference is given to those working at the frontline for the benefit of developing countries, under conditions hostile to the recognition and application of basic human and democratic rights.
  • Preference will be given to those involved in the priority issues of Rights & Democracy: democratic development, women’s rights, rights of indigenous peoples, social and economic rights.
  • The Award is given only to an individual or to an organization that is still active.
  • Former staff or board members of Rights & Democracy are not eligible.
  • Self-nominations by individuals or organizations are not eligible.

Rights & Democracy invites you to submit a nomination by April 30.

For more information and application see; Rights & Democracy Award


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