Human Rights Defender Award

The Amnesty International Human Rights Defender Award honours one person’s remarkable contribution to the protection, defence and promotion of human rights.

This person might be a lawyer, doctor, journalist, humanitarian aid worker, documentary maker or anyone else who has a proven track record in the promotion and advancement of human rights in their community, country or region.

Essential criteria for nominations:

  • Nominee must be from NZ or Pacific region.
  • Nominations must be made by a third party on the official nomination form (cannot nominate self).
  • No CVs to be included in nomination, however relevant supporting news articles or publications may be attached.


Nominations for our 2013 award closed on Friday 5 April 2013. 

Please keep an eye on this page for details on nominating candidates for 2014.