Mu Sochua receives the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights in 2009 at The George Washington University.

This list of human rights awards is an index to articles about notable awards given for the promotion of human rights. These are moral principles or social norms that describe certain standards of human behaviour and are regularly protected as natural and legal rights in municipal and international law.[1] The list is organized by region and country of the main sponsoring organizations, but many of the awards are open to people or organizations from other countries and regions.


Country Award Sponsor Given for
International UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights UNESCO Institutions, organizations and individuals that have made a particularly important and effective contribution to the promotion of a culture of human rights at regional and international levels[2]
International United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights United Nations Individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding achievement in human rights[3]


Country Award Sponsor Notes
Libya Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights General People's Congress (Libya) International personalities, bodies or organizations that have distinctively contributed to rendering an outstanding human service and has achieved great actions in defending Human rights, protecting the causes of freedom and supporting peace everywhere in the world



Award Sponsor Given for
John Humphrey Freedom Award International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development Exceptional achievement in the promotion of human rights and democratic development
The Wolf Award The Wolf Project Efforts to improve racial tolerance and understanding

United States

Award Sponsor Given to/for
Four Freedoms Award Roosevelt Institute for American Studies Commitment to the principles which US President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed on January 6, 1941, as essential to democracy: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, freedom from fear
Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights President of the United States American promoters of rights in the United States
AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility American Association for the Advancement of Science Exemplary actions, often taken at significant personal cost, that have served to foster scientific freedom and responsibility and increased scientific awareness throughout the world
Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation Individuals who, like Mayor Ivan Allen Jr., stand up for moral principles and render service to humanity without regard for personal or professional peril
Brandeis Medal University of Louisville Commitment to the ideals of individual liberty, concern for the disadvantaged and public service
William J. Brennan Award Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression (Various awards)
Carter–Menil Human Rights Prize Carter-Menil Human Rights Foundation Individuals and institutions that promote human rights
Civil Courage Prize The Train Foundation Draw attention individually to some extraordinary heroes of conscience
Courage Award for the Arts Yoko Ono Artists, musicians, collectors, curators, writers who sought the truth in their work and demonstrated leadership, courage, resourcefulness in their work, and risked their careers by pursuing a larger vision of the local or national interest despite pressure to succumb to commercial and political constraints
Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights University of Connecticut Significant effort to advance the cause of international justice and global human rights
Free Your Mind (MTV award) MTV Sensitize spectators in touchy matters, the social meat and potatoes, human rights violations, of political and civil laws, promoting the environmental protection in the process NGOs as well as individuals which are dealing with the given subject matter
Freedom Award International Rescue Committee Extraordinary contributions to the cause of refugees and human freedom
Marcus Garvey Prize for Human Rights Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League Distinguished individuals and human right leaders
Global Jurist of the Year Award Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law Sitting judge who has contributed to the advancement of international human rights law or international criminal law
Global Leadership Awards Vital Voices International women leaders who are working in the fields of human rights, economic empowerment, or political reform
Gruber Prize for Justice Gruber Foundation Contributions that have advanced the cause of justice as delivered through the legal system
Gruber Prize for Women's Rights Gruber Foundation Significant contributions, often at great personal or professional risk, to furthering the rights of women and girls in any area and to advancing public awareness of the need for gender equality to achieve a just world
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Individuals around the world who show courage and have made a significant contribution to human rights in their country
Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award Institute for Policy Studies Advancing the cause of human rights in the Americas
Light of Truth Award International Campaign for Tibet NGO aiming for the promotion of democracy and human rights for the Tibetan people
George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award AFL–CIO People and entities that fight for human rights in the field of labor relations
Thomas Merton Award Thomas Merton Center (Pittsburgh) National and international individuals struggling for justice
Philadelphia Liberty Medal National Constitution Center Leadership in the pursuit of freedom
Reebok Human Rights Award Reebok Activists under the age of thirty who fought for human rights through non-violent means
Andrei Sakharov Prize (APS) American Physical Society Outstanding leadership and/or achievements of scientists in upholding human rights


Country Award Sponsor Notes
Indonesia Yap Thiam Hien Award Yayasan Pusat Studi Hak Asasi Manusia Human rights in Indonesia since 1992[4]
Israel Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award Association for Civil Rights in Israel Advancement of human rights in Israel[5]
Israel Jerusalem Prize Jerusalem International Book Forum Writers who promote freedom of the individual in society[6]
Philippines Ka Pepe Diokno Human Rights Award De La Salle University Persons or groups who exemplified their commitment to the furtherance of human rights, social justice, and Philippine sovereignty.[7]
South Korea Human Rights Award of Korea National Human Rights Commission of Korea Contribution to Korean and international human rights[8]
Taiwan Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award Taiwan Foundation for Democracy Contributions through peaceful means to the development of democracy and human rights in Asia[9]


Country Award Sponsor Notes
Europe Raoul Wallenberg Prize Council of Europe
Europe Film Award of the Council of Europe Council of Europe
Europe Václav Havel Human Rights Prize Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
Europe North–South Prize North–South Centre
Europe Sakharov Prize European Parliament
Europe Robert Schuman Medal, EPP Group European People's Party group
Austria Felix Ermacora Human Rights Award Felix Ermacora Verein
Austria Bruno Kreisky Prize for Services to Human Rights Bruno Kreisky Foundation
Belgium Ark Prize of the Free Word Nieuw Vlaams Tijdschrift
Czech Republic Homo Homini Award People in Need
Denmark The Inge Genefke Award Anti-Torture Support Foundation
France Simone de Beauvoir Prize Simone de Beauvoir prize committee
France Prix Alexis de Tocqueville Château de Tocqueville
France Ludovic Trarieux International Human Rights Prize Human Rights Institute of The Bar of Bordeaux etc.
France and Germany Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law French and German governments
Germany Hannah Arendt Prize Heinrich Böll Foundation
Germany European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma Central Council of German Sinti and Roma
Germany Victor Gollancz Prize Society for Threatened Peoples
Germany Leipzig Human Rights Award European-American Citizens Committee for Human Rights and Religious Freedom in the USA
Germany Nuremberg International Human Rights Award Nuremberg City Council
Germany Hanns Martin Schleyer Prize Hanns Martin Schleyer Foundation
Germany Robert Schuman Prize, Alfred Toepfer Foundation Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S.
Germany Toleranzpreis der Evangelischen Akademie Tutzing Evangelische Akademie Tutzing
Germany Franz Werfel Human Rights Award Federation of Expellees
Ireland Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk Front Line Defenders
Italy Premio Omelas Amnesty International
Netherlands Human Rights Tulip Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Netherlands)
Netherlands International Children's Peace Prize KidsRights Foundation
Norway University of Oslo’s Human Rights Award University of Oslo
Norway Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize Rafto Foundation for Human Rights
Norway Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award Norwegian Helsinki Committee
Norway Stefanus Prize Stefanus Alliance International
Norway Student Peace Prize Student Peace Prize Secretariat
Romania Valeriu Boboc Prize Senate of Romania
Spain Jaime Brunet International Prize Public University of Navarre
Sweden Anna Lindh Prize Anna Lindh Memorial Fund
Sweden Olof Palme Prize Olof Palme Memorial Fund for International Understanding and Common Security
Sweden Right Livelihood Award Right Livelihood Award Foundation
Switzerland Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders Amnesty International etc.
Switzerland Giuseppe Motta Medal Geneva Institute for Democracy and Development
United Kingdom Ambassador of Conscience Award Amnesty International
United Kingdom Amnesty International UK Media Awards Amnesty International
United Kingdom Prize For Freedom Liberal International
United Kingdom Longford Prize Prison Reform Trust
United Kingdom Anna Politkovskaya Award Reach All Women in WAR


Country Award Sponsor Given for
Australia Human Rights Awards (Australia) Australian Human Rights Commission Contribution to Australian society of a wide variety of men and women committed to issues of human rights, social justice and equality
Australia National Indigenous Human Rights Awards New South Wales parliament Contribution of Indigenous Australians to human rights and social justice

See also


  1. ^ James Nickel, with assistance from Thomas Pogge, M.B.E. Smith, and Leif Wenar, 13 December 2013, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Human Rights, Retrieved 14 August 2014
  2. ^ Call for Nominations: UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights, Funds for NGOs, retrieved 2020-01-13
  3. ^ 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize, United Nations, retrieved 2020-01-13
  4. ^ "Environmentalists win Yap Thiam Hien award", Jakarta Post, January 21, 2019, retrieved 2020-01-24
  5. ^ The Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award : The First 30 Years 1981-2011, Association for Civil Rights in Israel, retrieved 2020-01-24
  6. ^ The Jerusalem Prize : 2019 WINNER, The Jerusalem International Book Forum, retrieved 2020-01-24
  7. ^ DLSU confers ‘Ka Pepe Diokno’ awards’ on Aquino, del Rosario, Carpio, Morales, De La Salle University, retrieved 2021-12-30
  8. ^ "세계인권선언 65주년 기념 행사 개최 – 훈장 등‘2013 대한민국 인권상 시상’ Archived 2014-05-12 at "National Human Rights Commission of Korea"
  9. ^ "Reporters Without Borders wins Asia Democracy and Human Rights award". Taipei Times. 26 December 2006. Retrieved 13 November 2009.