Human Rights Award

The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award honors an individual or group of individuals who stand up to oppression at grave personal risk in the nonviolent pursuit of human rights. Since inception, the Human Rights Award has honored activists from 30 countries.

We forge strategic partnerships with laureates whose work advances human rights causes all over the world. In combining resources and collaborating on strategy, our laureates amplify their transformative work to a worldwide audience.

Over the past 36 years, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award has honored over 50 activists and organizations from 30 countries who are living out Robert F. Kennedy’s legacy and cannot stand aside in the face of injustice.

The Award recognizes outstanding individuals and supports the work of the Laureate on an ongoing basis through strategic litigation, training and capacity building, and advocacy before governments, international organizations, and other institutions.

Help us honor Robert F. Kennedy’s legacy by nominating a human rights defender. We depend on friends and allies like you to help us find a hero living out Robert F. Kennedy’s dream of a better and more just world. Please take a moment to learn more about the nomination process, and if you know someone fighting for justice, please submit their name.

The submission  deadline is January 31, 2019.

2019 Human Rights Award Nomination Form