Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in Switzerland in 2022

Martin Ennals Foundation invites applications for the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in Switzerland in 2022.

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.

The COVID-19 pandemic spurred new efforts to leverage digital connectivity for work, health, and our personal relationships. But a human rights lens is urgently needed so that the opportunities of digital technology reach all of humanity and solutions can be found for risks online. Human rights defenders are at the forefront of ensuring digital technology is inclusive, respectful of human rights, and employed for human betterment. 

The Martin Ennals Award 2022 will, therefore, reserve one of its three prizes for defenders working at the intersection of human rights and digital connectivity. 

Who can be nominated?

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Self-nominations for the MEA are not accepted. Human rights defenders or
organizations can be nominated by a third party, as long as the motivation is
substantiated and the candidate meets the MEA criteria, namely being a human rights
defender at risk.

Worth of Award

  • All of the winners receive an important financial prize intended to support their
    work in the field of human rights.
  • However, the importance of this award to human rights defenders is not restricted to its financial aspect.

The international recognition and credibility of the Martin Ennals Award contributes to their protection, as does the support of prominent figures.


To qualify for the award, the nominees must:

How to Apply

All applications should be made online via the official website.

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


Click here for more details and to apply